U.S. Veteran Vern G. Bohlken, age 88 of rural Brock, passed away Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Good Samaritan Society in Auburn. A memorial service was Monday, Nov. 12, at the Faith Lutheran Church in Talmage, with inurnment at the Grant Evergreen Cemetery, rural Talmage. Graveside military honors provided by the Talmage American Legion Post 246 and the National Guard Honor Guard
Vern George Bohlken, son of Harm Bohlken and Gesha (George) Bohlken, was born Nov. 10, 1923, on the family farm near Brock. He was one of three children born to this union.
Vern was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in 1937.Vern graduated from Brock High School in 1941. In 1945 he was drafted into the United States Army where he worked as a mechanic. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
He returned back home to help on the farm. Vern was united in marriage to Lois Marshall of Cook at Pastor Hubbells home in Lincoln, in 1951. Vern and Lois were blessed with three children.
Through the years he served on the Church Council at Faith Lutheran Church where he was a lifetime member. He also served on the farmers CO-OP board, and served on the Grant Evergreen Cemetery Associa-tion for more than 40 years.
Vern was past president of the Byron Holtgrewe American Legion Post 246 of Talmage, where he was member for 55 years. Vern and Lois enjoyed a lifetime friendship with special friends and neighbors Donald and Viola Grotrian. He enjoyed going to Husker games with his close friends Arnold and Nelda Bischoff of Talmage. Vern also loved to attend the many football, basketball and other sporting events of his grandchildren.
Due to ongoing illness, Vern entered the Good Samaritan Society in Auburn, and it is there that he passed away. He had reached the age of 88 years, 11, months, 29 days.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, William Bohlken, and two great-grandsons, Kadan DeBuse, and Nicholas Rathbone.
He is survived by his wife, Lois; children, Virginia Baack and husband Jim of Auburn, Joan Knippelmeyer and husband Lavon of Johnson, Randy Bohlken and wife Cindy of Geneva; grandchildren, Jason (Stacy) Knippelmeyer and their children Dalton and Laney, Travis (Janelle) Knippelmeyer and their children Natalie and Kasie, Holly (Eric) Hawley and their children Zachary, Tate, and Cooper, Amy (Todd) DeBuse and thier children Erika, Kyra, Easton, and Kendall, Renae (Andy) Ernesti and their children Cassie and Blake Rathbone, Cevahn and Carter Ernesti, Kurt (Leslie) Ottemann and their child Ava; Cody Baack, Brian (Christina) Baack and their children Mikaela and Arianna; Jeff (Lexie) Baack; Taryn Bohlken and Riley Bohlken; one sister, Edna Grundman of Lincoln; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Hall Funeral Chapel of Auburn was in charge of arrangements.
Published in Custer County Chief, Nov. 22, 2012