Ernest (Ernie) Ray Boehnke, age 71 of Tomball, TX passed away Thursday, June 21, 2012 at his home. His passing was surprising and sudden, as he was recovering from a hospital stay for a blood disorder. He was born on May 2, 1941, in Austin, TX to the late Ernest L. and Iola Bell Boehnke. Ernie was a longtime resident of Tomball, TX and a member of Houston Northwest Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Brackenridge H.S. in San Antonio, TX. He served in the Navy the next four years and served on the U.S.S. Wren. He married Cora Elizabeth (Betty) Collis in March of 1962 and lived the next 10 years in San Antonio, TX. During that time, their children Donnie and Denise were born in 1966 and 1967, respectively. His life-long career in air conditioning and heating started in San Antonio and a transfer brought him and his family to Houston in 1972. Eventually, in 1979, they moved to the Tomball area where Ernie started his own successful air conditioning and heating company. He retired in 1998, following a by-pass open heart surgery. He loved to be outside, whether it be for mowing, driving his tractor, fixing anything broken, working with livestock, RVing, spending time at his country place or just sitting in a chair under the oak tree. His most precious moments were with his family, wife Betty, son Donnie and wife Sherry and their children Jake and Katie, and daughter Denise and husband Chris and their children Hunter, Parker, and Kelsey. He especially loved being with the grandkids and being involved in every part of their life. Betty Boehnke was the love of his life, mother to his kids, co-provider, travel companion and square dance partner, and was cherished by him. He always called her his social director, but he was the one who never met a stranger and always struck up a conversation with whoever he met. He was blessed with close family and many friends from every area of his life, including school, career, Fish Road and other neighbors, church, square dancing and morning donut shop buddies. We will all miss him. A memorial service was held on Monday, June 25, 2012 at Klein Funeral Home in Tomball.