|Fred R. Bohlken
1924 – March 24, 2016
|Fred R. Bohlken, 91, passed away peacefully on March 24, 2016.
Born in 1924 in Monticello, Iowa, he was attending the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1943, when called to serve his country during World War II as an Army sharpshooter in Europe. He was honorably discharged in 1945 after being wounded in action and receiving the Purple Heart. Fred received a degree in accounting from Drake University and began his career as a bank examiner for the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. After meeting Violet Tuskan on a blind date, they fell in love and married, moving to her home state of Minnesota and eventually settling in Stillwater to raise a family. Fred worked for Washington Federal Savings and Loan until he retired as its president in 1985.
He and his wife traveled and enjoyed retirement together until she passed away in 2000. He remained a vibrant, active and independent senior, enjoying walking, reading and participating in the many activities at his residential community.
Fred was preceded in death by Violet, his wife of almost 50 years; parents, Fred and Grace; and brothers, Harrison and Arthur.
He is survived by his children, Robert (Danette), MaryLee Spriggs, David (Jane Breckinridge) and Patrick (Samantha); granddaughter, Hunter Breckinridge; brothers, Donald (Sheila) and Paul (Diane); sister, Delores (Clifford) Egger; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service and interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in St. Paul, Minn., will be at a later date.
Submitted by: Richard Harrison
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