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Gene F. Bohnenblust

26 September, 2008 by Ed Ediger

Gene Fredrick Bohnenblust, 84, of McPherson, passed away Thursday, September 25, 2008 while in the company of family members at Memorial Hospital in McPherson, Kansas.

He was born in Longford, Kansas on October 30, 1923, the son of the late Fred and Sadie (Barkyoumb) Bohnenblust and his step mother, Stella (Barnes) Bohnenblust.

Gene attended and graduated from Longford Rural High School, Longford, Kansas and Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1948.

He was a member of Church of Christ McPherson, Kansas.

Gene served in the US Army in WW II, receiving the Combat Infantry Medal and the Bronze Star Medal.

Gene was employed for thirty-six years by the US Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service. During that time, he served as District Conservationist at Ellsworth, Great Bend, and McPherson. He later served for 15 years as Area Engineer for a nine county area in central Kansas. He was a consulting engineer for ten years for the Whitewater River and Sand Creek Watershed Districts.

Gene was a member of the National Association Retired Federal Employees; a licensed professional engineer and a member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers; former member of McPherson Light Capital Singers and SPEBSQSA;

Gene was united in marriage to Joyce McGrew on June 2, 1950 at Lyons, Kansas. She survives of the home in McPherson, Kansas.
Other survivors include his daughter Bette L. Grauer and husband, Doug, of McPherson, Kansas; three sons; Fred Bohnenblust and wife, Jackie, of McPherson, Kansas, Bill Bohnenblust and wife, Marcia, of Greeley, Colorado, and David Bohnenblust and wife, Mary, of McPherson, Kansas; a sister, Jackie Davis and husband, Joe, of Salina, Kansas; a brother-in-law, Bob Palmateer of Wichita, Kansas; ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred S. and Sadie (Barkyoumb) Bohnenblust; a stepmother, Stella Bohnenblust; and a sister, Barbara Palmateer.

Friends are invited to call Sunday, September 28, 2008 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with family receiving friends from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Glidden-Ediger Chapel, McPherson, Kansas.

The funeral service will be at the Church of Christ, McPherson, Kansas, at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 29, 2008 with Minister Glen Elliott officiating.

the final resting place will be in the McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of Christ Scholarship Fund or the McPherson Senior Center in care of the Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.

Posted By Sara & Jay Bremyer on 03 October, 2008
Bohnenblusts,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Gene was a wonderful man and dear neighbor. Blessings.
Love to all of you,
Sara and Jay

Posted By Jason Booker on 29 September, 2008
David,Mary and family,
Sorry to hear of your father's passing. Please know that your family is in my prayers. Jason

Posted By Rhonda Christensen Warner on 29 September, 2008
Dave and Mary,

I am sad to hear about the passing of Dave's dad. Please accept my sympathy to the both of you and your family. God bless.

Sincerely, Rhonda Christensen Warner

Posted By Kirk Ketcherside on 27 September, 2008
As I reflect upon the wonderful times that I was fortunate to have spent with Gene, whether it be hunting, fishing, participating in church functions, or even taking in a local band concert, one thing always stands out in my mind; I have not met a finer gentleman than Gene Bohnenblust. My heart is sad today and will be for some days to come, but I am also so very grateful that I had the opportunity to know Gene. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Joyce and the Bohnenblust family as you go thru this difficult time. Love, Kirk

Posted By Diane (Miller) Patton on 27 September, 2008
So sorry to hear about the death of Gene. We had a great, close-knit neighborhood and thoughts of your family always reminds me of Little Town!

Love to you all,
Diane

Posted By Gary and Donna McNally on 26 September, 2008
Gene will be missed by both sides of our family--the Rotts and McNallys. The entire Bohnenblust family meant so much to me growing up. I will always remember Gene's sense of humor and love of music.

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