Gerald Francis Bohn

Gerald Francis Bohn, 72, of Phillips, formerly of West Bend, passed away at approximately 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, due to complications from open heart surgery.

He was born May 1, 1933, in Berlin, to John and Irene (Thomas) Bohn, and grew up on the Bohn family farm in West Bend.

In 1958, he began work as a sewing machine salesman.

On May 14, 1972, he became a dedicated member of Alcoholics Anonymous. He was very proud of his 33 years of sobriety.

Many years ago, he and three other men formed the Sunday night meeting in Fifield, which continues today. He helped others by being their AA sponsor, as well.

He loved to help people and did not expect anything in return and he put others ahead of himself.

In 1975 he began a retail sewing machine business, Statewide Sewing Centers Inc. with stores in Park Falls, Medford, Marsh-field and Wauwatosa.

He also traveled the entire Midwest to sell sewing machines to the public at hotels until his recent retirement.

Jerry also sold fishing rods, flashing arrow signs, hats, and various other retail items.

On Oct. 2, 1976, he chose Judith Ann Hayton as his life partner.

During his retirement, he and his daughter, Lynne, teamed up to sell sewing machines via the Internet.

Jerry enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, plus meeting new people.

Being a superb salesman, watching sports, traveling, listening to polkas and old-time country music and being active in AA were his interests.

He was a strong, loving, giving person, and a good provider.

He was a loving spouse and devoted father.

He believed in taking one day at a time. He also believed that one would never know fulfillment if he never tried.

In his last days of life, his bravery was obvious, and his immediate family was proud of him.

Survivors include Judith Ann Hayton; their daughter, Lynne Anne Bohn and his stepdaughter, Davette Lynne Hrabak, all of Phillips; two brothers, Thomas (Mary Ann) Bohn and David (Audrey) Bohn, both of West Bend.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Irene Bohn, and a loving sister, Mary Ann Falter.

Visitation will be held at Heindl Funeral Home, Phillips, on Sunday, Nov. 6 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

On Monday visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. with funeral services at 11 a.m. at the funeralhome.

Interment will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Phillips.

A memorial fund has been established in his honor.1