Clayton J. Bohlke, 69, of rural Kingsley, died unexpectedly Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, at his residence.
Clayton Joseph Bohlke was born on Dec. 21, 1934, on the family farm near Le Mars, the son of Edward and Cecelia (Lanners) Bohlke. He attended St. Joseph's Catholic School in Le Mars. Following his education, Clayton assisted his family with farming. As a young man, he was active in 4-H and would later become a leader when his children became involved.
On Nov. 18, 1957, Clayton and Delores Wolf were united in marriage at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen. The couple made their home in Plymouth County where Clayton continued his lifelong love of farming and raising quarter horses.
He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Neptune, and served the church through various offices. Clayton enjoyed fishing, boating, hunting and snowmobiling. He and Delores were members of a euchre card club, and in earlier years, a bowling team. Clayton was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and making toys for them in his machine shop. One of Clayton's recent goals was to be able to ride a horse again. He was proud and thankful to be able to accomplish this task last month.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Delores of rural Kingsley; a son, Gary and his wife, Shelly, of Kingsley, a daughter, Lori and her husband, Rich Steffen, of Kingsley, a son, Tony and his wife, Lori, of Le Mars, and a son, Lonnie of Kingsley; nine grandchildren: Justin, Brandon, Jennifer, Bradi, Tyler and Jeremy Bohlke, Melissa, Richie and Matthew Steffen; two brothers, Floyd "Bud" and his wife, Bonnie, of Sioux City, and Ray of Le Mars; sisters, Darlene Thill of Sioux Falls, S.D., Shirley Traufler of Le Mars, Marilyn Hoffman and her husband, Don, of Le Mars, Lois Hageman and her husband, LaMont, of Le Mars; and a brother-in-law, Arnold Welter, of Carroll.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Rosie Welter; and two brothers-in-law, Don Thill and Bill Traufler.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Nicholas Becker officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin after 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. There will be a rosary service at 4 p.m. and a Scriptural prayer service at 7 p.m, with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to Mass on Thursday.
Pallbearers will be Clayton's nine grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Bleil, John Felts, Dick Plendl, Keith Richardson, Bill Wurth, Roy Steffen, Tom Bainbridge and Orlin Pratt.