Wendell Ray Bohm was born October 19, 1946 at Ingelboro Hospital, Smith Center, KS, the youngest child of Fred L. and Viola F. (Smith) Bohm; he passed away March 16, 2018 at Smith County Memorial Hospital, Smith Center, KS.
Wendell was baptized as an infant at Zion Lutheran Church, ¼ mile from the family farm and was confirmed at the United Church in Athol. He attended Hopkins Country School, located 1 mile from the family farm, for 4 years, until the school was closed. He then continued his education at West Smith County schools in Kensington where he graduated from Kensington High School with the class of 1964. Soon after graduation he enlisted in the Army National Guard. During this time he began dating Terry Ayres and they were married July 14, 1968 at First St. John Lutheran church, Kensington. They made their home where Wendell lived his entire life, at the Bohm family farmstead, as Wendell had assumed the responsibility of running the family farm when his father died in June 1965.
Both having been raised on a farm, Wendell and Terry shared a love and passion for farming and conservation. They were blessed with 4 beautiful children, Andrea, Tyler, Courtney, and Derek. Although Wendell was busy farming he enjoyed being with his children and encouraging their interests. He and Terry were 4-H Leaders and team boosters. He served on the Athol Co-operative Board of Directors for 2 terms, ultimately serving as Board Chairman. He was a faithful member of First St. John Lutheran church of Kensington. He enjoyed doing woodworking and carpentry and along with Terry, hosting “Bohm Bonfires” and cook-outs for neighbors, family and friends.
Wendell was blessed with musical talents which he shared by singing and playing the harmonica; often as part of a duet, member of “The Athol Red Barn Opry” or “The Three Amigos” which delighted audiences near and far. Wendell was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Athol, when he and Thaine Larson, Tom Hardacre, and new pastor of First St. John Lutheran Church, David Hutson were asked to entertain at an Athol Co-op Expo. Wendell was a most fabulous harmonica player, and Dave is a very talented lead guitar player. Their love of music and sense of humor created a very special kinship – friends, like brothers. Soon, the love of music led to a group with members: Carol Rahjes, Bethie Smith, Holly Overmiller Lueth, Galen Larson, Jim Fetters, Dave Hutson, and Wendell Bohm. The group called themselves The Athol Red Barn Opry. They performed for many, many functions for 9 years, including a special program at the Kansas State Fair. In recent years, Wendell, Dave Hutson and Galen Larson entertained together as “The Three Amigos”.
Wendell and Terry and their children transferred their church membership to First St. John Lutheran church of Kensington, where they were married, and have been members for 30 years.
Wendell was the most kind, sweet, loving, giving, and talented man. He was respectful of everyone. A soft-spoken man with a heart of gold. His family, especially his grandkids, was his life. Wendell had many, many friends who he cherished.
Wendell leaves to celebrate his life and to keep in their memories forever: his wife of nearly 50 years, Terry; children Tyler Bohm of Kensington; Courtney (Daniel) Coleman of Shawnee, KS; and Derek Bohm, Kansas City, MO; five grandchildren loving their Grandpa are: Nathan Bohm and Corrine Bohm of Kansas City, MO; Connor Bohm-Fitzpatrick of Kansas City, MO; Lydia and Vincent Coleman of Shawnee, KS. Also celebrating his life are brothers Duane (Shirley) Bohm of Elk Falls, KS and Ross (Beverly) Bohm of Yuma, CO.; brother-in-law, Dale Lyon; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Andrea Bohm; sister, Dolores Lyon; sister-in-law, Alice Bohm.
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