Stanley Martin Bohn, 72, of Lubbock, TX, passed from this life to his forever heavenly home Thursday, October 17, 2019.
The son of Dwight H. and Odalee F (Lowery) Bohn, Stanley was born April 11, 1947, in Wichita, KS. He is survived by his wife, Debora (Welch) Bohn, Lubbock; sister, Dwilene Holbert, Boise City, OK; children – SGM Stanley M. (Lee) Bohn, Murfreesburo, TN; Nicholas R. (& Allison) Bohn; Levi R. (& Emily) Bohn; Narci M. (& Paul) Brooks; all of Lubbock, TX; four nieces and four nephews.
Stanley absolutely adored his grandchildren – Rhys Owens, Cornwall, UK; Riley Bohn, Mason Bohn, Averi Bohn, Kate Bohn, Matthew Bohn, Jackson Brooks, and Mahalia Brooks – all of Lubbock, TX.
Stanley was proud to serve his country in the US Navy. He served as a boilerman – operating the steam engines aboard four different aircraft carriers – the Yorktown, the Hancock, the Oriskiny, and the Ticondaroga. Highlights of his time in the Navy include his operating the engines of one of the carriers participating in the movie, “Tora, Tora, Tora”. He was also one of the members of the Ticondaroga team given the task of cleaning the salt water off the lenses of the Apollo 8 capsule, upon its retrieval from splash-down in December 27, 1968. He was honorably discharged as an E5, following six years of service (1966-1972), including four tours off the coast of Viet Nam.
Community was important to Stanley. He was a volunteer member of the Sunray Fire Department, acted in the Boise City, Ok version of “Hee-Haw” during Santa Fe Trail Daze for several years, took part in the Easter Pageant in Kenton, Ok, helped various local farmers in the fields and during harvest; and, could often be found clearing snow from a sidewalk, helping a stranded tourist, or sharing a joke and hearty laughs with those around him.
Stanley returned to the family farm following his military tour. Raising his cow/calf herd, and working the land were his passions – passions that he pursued for the next sixteen years. Stanley earned his degree in agriculture from Oklahoma Panhandle State University, where he also met his wife. Debora and Stanley were married March 23, 1975, in Texhoma, OK.
A memorial/celebration of Stanley’s life will be held in Sunray, TX, November 5, 2019, 10:00 am at the Sunray Fire Station.
Memorial contributions may be made to any of the following:
- Your local FFA or 4-H chapter
- Oklahoma Panhandle State University agricultural program (Goodwell, OK)
- Northridge Life Church missions outreach (PO Box 93657, Lubbock, TX 79493)
- Or any charity of your choice.