Herman "Butch" M. Bohlken, 83, of rural Wymore, NE, died March 8, 2020 at Cambridge Place in Marysville. Visitation will be Thursday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Kinsley Mortuary in Marysville. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 13 at Immanuel State Line Lutheran Church north of Marysville. Rev. Suzanne How will officiate. Mary Lou Retchless will play the organ while the congregation sings "I God Our Help in Ages Past", "Beautiful Savior" and "For All the Saints". The pallbearers will be Judd Stewart, Greg Peterson, Jeff Bartels, Mark Meyer, Brady Meyer and Tim Pralle. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Butch was born April 22, 1936 at Beatrice, NE, to George Herman Albert and Grace (Oltman) Bohlken. His mother died shortly after he was born. His mother’s sister, Margaret, helped care for Butch as an infant. Later, Herman A. and Margaret were married. They raised Butch on a farm between Odell and Krider. Living close to Indian Creek, Butch spent many delightful hours fishing. He attended country school, Center Hill, District 111 for eight years. In 1950, the family moved to Arizona and he graduated from Buckeye Union High School in 1953. Butch moved back to the stateline area in 1957 and served eight years in Nebraska Army National Guard, Company C,134th Infantry. On June 12, 1966, he was united in marriage to Karen Jean Parrack. They had two sons, Brad & Bob. Herman worked for the Wymore Post Office for 28 years, as clerk and mail carrier. He enjoyed raising Charolais cattle on his small farming operation. He spent many evenings alongside his boys as they built race cars and took great pride in watching them race those cars on the weekends. Butch loved playing cards and he and Karen enjoyed being part of a card club with friends and neighbors. His grandkids meant the world to him and he spent hours and hours entertaining them and making memories that they will forever cherish. Butch was a member of Stateline Immanuel Lutheran Church where he served on the cemetery board for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Margaret Oltman Bohlken; and wife, Karen; two brothers-in-law, Dean Parrack, Lincoln, NE and Marvin Parrack, Mahaska, KS and a sister-in-law, Elaine Parrack, Mahaska, KS. Survivors include his two sons, Brad (Nikki) and children, Carson, Connor & Carly; and Bob (Rachel) and children, Elizabeth, Thomas and Johnathan, all of Wymore and a sister-in-law, Jean Parrack, Conway, AR. A memorial fund has been established to the Immanuel Lutheran State Line Cemetery. Contributions may be sent in care of Kinsley Mortuary.
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