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James BOHN


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BOHN, James Donovan James Donovan Bohn was born on November 18, 1936 in Carson, North Dakota to Walter and Julia Bohn. He died on March 11, 2018 in his home in Wichita, Kansas. After starting his education in a one-room school house where his mother taught him for one year, he graduated from Carson High School. Working his way through the University of North Dakota, Jim earned his degree in Mining Engineering and served in the Army and National Guard, achieving the expert marksman badge. Jim continued his education at the University of Oklahoma in Industrial Engineering and the University of Texas in Civil Engineering. He embarked on his successful career with the United States Geological Survey as a hydraulic engineer in the Water Resources Division, employed in California, North Dakota, Montana, Oklahoma, and Texas. He published in the USGS Publications, was a member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, the American Institute of Mining Engineers, and the Engineer Council. Later he bought and sold real estate, often rebating his commissions so young couples could buy their first home. However, Jim believed of his most significant achievements were his three children. Growing up fishing with his parents, Jim continued freshwater and saltwater fishing throughout his life. For many years he joined his brothers for annual pheasant and deer hunting and pinochle, and later spent summers on a family farm with grandchildren and special nieces and nephews. Jim enjoyed showing family and friends his rock and mineral collection, bidding and winning a good auction, was a regular fan of college and professional basketball, and was always ready to read or watch about World War II or a good western. He was awarded Kiwanian of the Year for his community service, was a founding member of Peace Lutheran Church in Austin, and served on the Board of Directors of the Government Employees Credit Union for five years. After his stroke in 1989, he continued to tackle with a smile through the Stroke Survivors Group, was co-speaker of "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" at the annual Texas Stroke Conference, and participated in a year-long research program at the University of Texas. Jim will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts: that smile, his witty sense of humor, and his independent creative mind. Survivors include long-lasting friend and wife Kathy; daughters Becky (Steve) Traylor of Lakeway TX, and Amy Stitt of Blaine MN, son Paul (Cindy) Bohn of Burnsville MN; four delightful grandchildren, James, Amanda, Emily, and Nick; four brothers and four sisters; consistent supporters Stu and Julie, and caregivers Gabby, Tessa, and Christina for loving and keeping Jim independent. Preceding Jim in death were his parents, three brothers and one sister. As per Jim's wishes, his cremains will be inurned at the Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, North Dakota. Memorials may be made to petsforvets.com or servicedogsforamerica.org.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Apr. 8, 2018
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