James F. Bohn, 88|
F. “Jim” Bohn, 88, passed peacefully into God’s care the afternoon of
Thursday Nov. 14, 2013. Jim was the son of Albert and Cecilia (nee
Goeden) Bohn. He was raised on a farmette just south of town on Highway
P. He attended West Bend schools and was a member of the West Bend High
School Class of 1942. As a high school student, he took up beekeeping.
This hobby became a lifelong source of enjoyment. He sold honey to
friends and passers-by from his parent’s home, regaled friends and
family with beekeeping trivia and mentored younger apiculturists in the
county beekeepers association.
Jim served in the United States Army’s Finance Corps. After his
discharge, he put his skills to work at the West Bend Mutual. He joined
the company in 1948 when it had 15 employees. He delighted in his work
at the Mutual.
Jim was responsible for the selection of risks that the company would
insure. Jim was the first Mutual employee to earn the Chartered Property
Casualty Underwriter designation. He particularly enjoyed mentoring new
employees in the insurance business. He retired in 1985 as the manager
of the Property Underwriting Department. In his retirement he kept up
with his many former coworkers, proctored professional insurance
examinations at the Mutual, and enjoyed participating in Retired
Insurance Brains (RIBs). At the time of his death, Jim was the oldest
living retiree of the Mutual.
In 1962, Jim married the love of his life, Rosemary Suess of Milwaukee.
The couple raised two children in their home on Seventh Avenue: Mary
Louise Schlough (husband Bradley) of Madison and James George Bohn (wife
Sue) of Carlisle, Mass. Jim is survived by his two children; his
grandchildren Ben, Sarah and Margaret; his brother Eugene (wife Marilyn)
of Kewaskum; and many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. He was
preceded in death by Rosemary and his brothers Robert, George and Paul.
Throughout his life, Jim enjoyed getting together with his many friends
and relatives in the area. He was among the first members of St. Francis
Cabrini parish and was active in the Knights of Columbus, having had a
lead role in raising funds for the construction of the clubhouse north
He enjoyed reading the West Bend News, the Wall Street Journal and the
Milwaukee Journal, doing the word puzzle in nearly every issue. Jim was
also an avid gardener, fisherman and enjoyed travel. Each year, the
family would take a two-week-long car trip to a different region of the
United States. In retirement, he and Rosemary traveled with the
Elderhostel program, participated in the Young at Heart and volunteered
with Meals on Wheels. He will be remembered for his good cheer and
kindness towards others.
Visitation and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Nov.
22, at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in West Bend. Visitation will
held from 10-11:45 a.m. The Mass will begin at noon with the Rev.
Enrique Hernandez presiding. Internment at Holy Angels Cemetery will
follow the Mass.
Donations may be made to St. Francis Cabrini Parish or the Alzheimer’s
Foundation of Southeastern Wisconsin.
The family wishes to thank the caring staff of Waunakee Manor for
proving comfort in his final years.
The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online
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