Calvin Bohle was lifelong Selby man
Calvin T. Bohle, 79, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at his farm near Selby.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at the Selby School Gymnasium with Pastor Elizabeth Jassmann officiating.
Interment follows at Selby Memorial Gardens under the direction of Lien Funeral Home of Bowdle.
Organist will be Bev Sawinsky and vocalists will be Bill Thorstenson, Barb Bowen, and Bernard Stulken. Scripture reader will be Chloe Stulken and there will be a poem read by Allen Bohle. Ushers will be Rory Thorstenson and Tom Fiedler.
Visitation will be at the church beginning 6 p.m. on Thursday with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service.
Calvin Theodore Bohle, son of Lydia (George) and Theodore Bohle, was born at Selby on June 29, 1934. He was brought up at the Bohle homestead three miles north of Selby. He received his formal education at the Selby Public School, graduating with the Class of 1952. Cal played center on Selby’s 6-man football team.
After graduation, Cal took a mechanic job at Perman Implement in Selby.
He married Rose Marie Wahl at Selby on Oct. 10, 1954. They settled on Cal’s farm. Rose died on June 28, 1966. Cal and his four children then moved into Selby although Cal continued farming. He married Kathy George at Selby on Jan. 27, 1968. To this union, a son, Allen, was born on April 27, 1969. Cal and Kathy relocated to the farm where Cal lived the rest of his life.
In addition to farming, over the years Cal was involved in numerous vocations and endeavors. Several of these he was engaged in for, in his words, “100 years.” He helped build the Selby Elevator. He purchased the Mobil Truck Stop Café in 1967. He was employed in the fertilizer department for Selby Equity and managed the Equity Service Station. He helped local farmers with their spring and fall work and drove for Thorstenson Trucking.
For 49 years, Cal was a Selby School bus driver. He had a great love of music as evidenced by his involvement in the Fabulous 40s Quartet (he was the last surviving member), the Jaycee’s Quartet, and the Selby Men’s Chorus. He was a member of the Selby United Methodist Church, the Jaycees, Selby Lion’s Club, was past chairman of the Selby Cemetery Board, announced at 4-H Achievement Days for many years, and was the longtime local chairman for the Selby Snow Queen contest. He was also the chairman for several fundraisers to benefit the area and community with the most recent benefit being the electronic event board.
Cal’s community involvement earned him numerous awards. He was named an Outstanding Young Farmer. He was awarded two Melvin Jones Fellow Awards through the Lions Club, received Appreciation Awards from the Lion’s Club and was awarded an Outstanding Young Men of America distinction from the Jaycees.
He was an avid supporter of all school activities and loved the young people who rode on his bus. He enjoyed welding, refurbishing tractors and pickups, and puttering in his shop. He was especially proud of the tire turning machine that he developed.
With the untimely death of Rose, Cal knew hard times. Consequently, he was one of the first people to offer help when needed.
Calvin is survived by Kathy, his wife of 45 years; five children, Cynthia (Tom) Finn of Philip, Chloe (Bernard) Stulken of Selby, Don (Kathy) Bohle of Selby, John Bohle of Middleburg, Pa., and Allen (Brandie) Bohle of Selby; 10 grandchildren, Stephanie (Elias) Rostad, Heather (Kevin) Nelson, Mitchell (Lyndsey) Stulken, Sawyer (Luke) Dowling, Brandon and Travor Bohle, Peren Knoepfle, Ethan, Elijah, and Emmit Bohle; three great-grandchildren, Lanie and Liam Stulken and Emry Dowling; two sisters, Lea Tomb of Stockton, Calif., and Addie Baerwald of Sioux Falls; and a special foreign exchange student, Ulrike Badziong.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose; his father, on Aug. 11, 1983; his mother, on March 28, 1995; one brother, Albert, on Oct. 3, 1951; and two sisters, Frieda on Oct. 6, 1926, and Elsie Zirbel on Jan. 29, 2013.
Honorary bearers will be the Selby Lions Club.
Casket bearers will be Cal’s grandchildren.
A memorial has been established for new goal posts for the Selby football field. An account has been set up at BankWest in Selby.
Lien Funeral Home, Bowdle, is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.millerlienfh.com to leave an online condolence or to view the video tribute.