John E. Bohannon, 93, died peacefully on Friday, October 6, 2017.
John was born May 3, 1924, on a farm outside of Holton, KS and raised in the Pleasant Grove Community in Jackson County, KS. He was born to John E. Bohannon, Sr. and Florence E. (Backman) Bohannon. He graduated from Wetmore High School in Wetmore, KS and after graduation joined the US Army Air Corps and circled the world as an Aerial Gunner: Air Offense over Japan, Air Defense over India, Central Burma, and the Western Pacific for two years of active service from 1943-1945. This was the transformative experience of John’s life.
He was an attorney in solo practice in Topeka for over 50 years. He retired in 2001. The record attests that he had worked and served since age 6.
John married Grace M. Jorgensen on December 25, 1951. He is beloved and survived by his wife and two daughters, Martha (Mark) Underwood of Topeka, and Maria (Mike) Riddle of Boise, ID, and four grandchildren.
A Christian funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at First Lutheran Church, 1234 SW Fairlawn Road, Topeka, KS. A committal with military honors will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Funeral Chapel and Reception Center, Topeka.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Lutheran Church or Beck-Bookman Library, 420 W 4th Street, Holton, KS 66436.
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