Warren Herman Bohnenkamp

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Warren Herman Bohnenkamp passed away on Aug. 21, 2007.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 24, 2007, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Wall Lake, with military rites and burial at the Wall Lake Cemetery.

Reception will follow at the Lake View Legion Hall.

Visitation at Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Lake View will take place from 5-8 p.m. Thursday with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service.

Warren was born July 1, 1921, to Julius and Marie (Fee) Bohnenkamp in Breda. He was an only child, having lost a brother Homer to pneumonia and a sister Anna at birth. His elementary and high school education was spent at St. Bernard Catholic Schools in Breda, where he lived with his parents until his military service. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Breda.

He served in the Marine Corps with MABS 1 in Guadalcanal in WWII. He was honorably discharged with a rank of Staff Sergeant in 1945.

Shortly after this he met the love of his life, Dorothy Ferrin Bohnenkamp, and they were married on Feb.13, 1946, at St. Columbkills Catholic Church in Churdan. They then lived for a short time in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Warren completed his studies as a funeral director at the College of Mortuary Science while Dorothy worked as an RN in Pediatric Research at the Children's Hospital.

In 1954, they moved to Lake View where he was employed by Farber & Otteman Funeral Homes. He worked there until 1960 when he changed careers and became a licensed insurance and real estate employee of Kettering Insurance. He later became a partner in that business renamed Kettering and Bohnenkamp Insurance and Real Estate. He retired from that business in 1988.

He served as lector, Eucharist minister, altar server, usher, choir member, Finance Council member, CYO instructor, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Wall Lake.

He served on the City Council and as Mayor Pro Tem when called upon, was a member of the Lions Club, Lake View Commercial Club, American Legion, and was a Boy Scout leader for many years. His county and state affiliations were with the Easter Seal Society and Camp Sunnyside for 20 years, East Howard Activity Center, and Sac County Outreach. He was one of the founding members of the Spring Lake Golf and Country Club. His most recent accomplishment was his work for the Black Hawk Lake Development and Dredging Project.

Warren is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Pazzi; son, Jeff; daughter--in-law, Mary Ann; and four grandchildren.