Howard J. Bohanon

Howard Bohanon, 99, of Lansing, died, Sept. 8, 2012, due to age related difficulties from a life well lived. Howard was born, the forth of five children born to Lucy (Daniels) and John Bohanon in Aurora, Mo., on June 25, 1913.

Howard J. Bohanon

He was a principled, sociable, and spiritual man-- a life long member of the Baptist faith and a member of First Baptist Church, Leavenworth. He served as Sunday School teacher and in various other church positions during his life. In his youth, he was a stellar baseball player and along with his two brothers Leonard and Leo, were semi-pros with teams in the South West Missouri area. He also served as sergeant in the Missouri National Guard for a number of years and one of the leaders of the local Boys Scouts.

Howard married Myrtle Maxine Ashlock, now deceased, on Aug. 29, 1932. At a young age, Howard delivered telegrams for Western Union. Mechanically inclined, Howard was an employee of the Juvenile Shoe Company in the Aurora, MO area, achieving Assistant Superintendent; the Dahner Shoe Company, Omaha, NE; the United Business Machines Corp., and, in that capacity traveled from site to site maintaining equipment used in the shoe industry. Brown Shoe Company in Moberly was one of the sites where the family located and remained for approximately 10 years. For a period of time thereafter, Howard and Maxine moved to different locations in MO and Kansas. In 1963, Howard and Maxine moved to Leavenworth, KS, where he joined the Federal Penitentiary System as a Foreman in the prison shoe factory. He retired from the Prison System with 12 years of service. They moved to Springfield after retirement to assist in the care of Maxine’s elderly mother until her death, after which they once again moved back to Leavenworth to be closer to family.

Howard and Maxine enjoyed life –Church family and activities, dancing, fishing and visiting with friends, neighbors and relatives. They enjoyed entertainment both at Branson and Silver Dollar City. They were well traveled having gone to the West with their Kansas family, returning to Moberly to visit their family there and to Tennessee , New Jersey and the Eastern Seaboard for reunions with family members. Howard was especially thrilled to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY where the game originated, as well as Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. They were loyal KC Royals fans. Throughout his life, Howard had a strong commitment to family and worthwhile social causes building prototype shoes for the disabled during his years at Dahner, and restoring cast-off bicycles that he donated to Boys Town, Omaha, Neb.

Howard leaves behind his three children, their spouses and families, and nieces and nephews. Doris and Rozwell Perkins Family; grandchildren, Danny Asher (Darla), Randy Asher (Patty); great-grandchildren, Bryan Asher (Debi); Kevin Asher (Megan); Jeff Asher (Shelly); Megan Vanek (James). Donald Gwartney (Ashley). Great-great-grandchildren are: Nicholas Asher and Desi Asher; Cameron Asher; Brodie Asher, Blake and Ryan Gwartney, Haley, Jillian and Jaden Vanek. Jimmy and Bonnie Bohanon Family: Grandchildren are: M. Shawn Bohanon (Sheila), Christian Shane Bohanon, Michael S. Bohanon (Deanne). Great-grandchildren are: Jason Bohanon, Julie Bohanon, Kevin Farrell, Catherine Bohanon, Amanda Bohanon and Brandon Bohanon, Great-great- grandchildren are: Tatum, Jessica and Gianna Bohanon, Joann and Wenc Jira Family: Grandchildren are: Robyn Damgaard, Rhoda Damgaard. Great-grandchildren are: Kelly Gittemeier, Kim Wilmsmeyer, Joshua Wilmsmeyer (Sarah), Aimee Connor. Great-great grandchildren are: Avery and John Wilmsmeyer, Tyrek Hayes and Gage Embree.

He encouraged his grandchildren in their chosen pursuits and avocations, assisting them with their businesses whenever possible. In his later years, he was dedicated to his home and the care of succumbed to Alzheimer’s. He cared for Maxine both at home and at the Beverly Manor Home until her death in July 19, 2001. Howards last years were spent at his home in Lansing, at the Midwest Homeplace West Assisted Living Center, and the Golden Living Center in Lansing. The Midwest Homeplace West Center, the Golden Living Center and St. Luke’s Hospice-Leavenworth are commended for provided quality care to our loved one during the time he spent with each of them.

Howard’s families invite friends, neighbors and relatives to join them in celebrating Howard’s life at visitation from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home. Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 13, at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Chaplain Doug Overall will officiate. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to the following organizations: St. Luke’s Foundation, Attn: St. Luke’s Hospice, 4225 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO 64111 or The ALS Association Keith Worthington Chapter, 6950 Squibb Rd, Ste 210, Mission, KS 66202