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Galand Franklin Bohn

Galand Franklin Bohn

Galand Franklin Bohn


- September 11, 2018

Galand Franklin Bohn passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018, at Bethesda Nursing Home in Webster, SD, at the age of 90.

Galand was born May 31, 1928, in the original house on the homestead near Holmquist, SD, to Frank and Helen (Malloy) Bohn.  He attended country school 1 mile from the farm, Butler High School, and then transferred to Webster High School to play drums and basketball.  He graduated in 1945 and joined the National Guard in 1948.  He enlisted in the Army and was activated in 1950.  He proudly served in the Korean War as a Sergeant 1st Class Tank Commander in Alaska until 1953.  In June 1954, he married Betty Thennis and they made their home on the family farm where together they raised the 4 Ks - Kevin, Karen, Kristine, and Kathleen.  In 1959, they moved to California for a year because of the drought and Galand worked for Standard Oil as an Operator.  Farm life called him back and in 1970 he added another profession, working for the US Postal Service in Webster.  He delivered mail for 14 years, walking 12 miles a day.  He worked another 6 years as maintenance for the Post Office and then retired in 1991.  He continued farming until 2006 then sold the homestead and moved to Fort Collins, CO, where he lived until moving to the nursing home in June of 2018.

Galand was a lifetime member of the American Legion and served as an Honor Guard for 35 years.  His military service and the bonds of friendship he made there were very important to him.  He was fortunate to travel to Washington, DC on the 2011 Honor Flight to visit the Korean/WWII Memorial.  This was an incredible and very emotional experience for him.  He proudly wore his Korean hat, jacket and shirt and displayed a lighted American flag outside his home year-round.

Galand was a natural athlete at any sport he tried.  He was on a bowling league for 30 years with a high game of 264 and a 205 average.  He was an avid golfer and played many tournaments with his buddies, Roger Grimsrud, Jim Delaney, Willy Fisher, and Jim Caster.  He loved the sport, teaching it to as many friends and family as possible.  Fall brought out the hunter in him, especially when he had his dog, Trina, by his side.  Skiing was another past-time he enjoyed and was tickled to be able to ski free at Terry Peak at the age of 70!  He taught his kids and grandkids all his skills over the years and enjoyed being a bleacher coach for basketball, volleyball, tennis, golf, football, and his newest love - hockey.

His children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the light of his life and they loved their "Opa"and "Poopa"!  He was so much a part of their lives, attending the many activities and celebrating their accomplishments.  He loved music and was always requesting a tune from the grandkids.  He was very artistic and loved to paint, draw, carve, and create yard art.  He planted the seeds of love of life and knowledge, adventure and humor in everyone he touched.  Known to many as "Joe Foreman", Galand loved his family, his friends and neighbors and was always ready for a Crown Royal.  Cheers Dad!  You will forever be in our hearts.  We love you and we will miss you!

Those forever grateful to share in his life include Betty - his wife of 64 years; children: Kevin - Webster, SD, Karen (Brett) Lynass - Sturgis, SD, Kristine (Todd) Kurle - Pullman, WA, and Kathleen (Terry) Kulesa - Fort Collins, CO; grandchildren: Kristine, Kelly, Luke, Rachel, Emily, JD, Jake, Joe, Kobie, Keegan, and Kylie; great-grandchildren: Benjamin and Beckham; brother: Gerald (Elayne) Bohn, Chaska, MN; and sister: Donna (Ed) Majeske, Webster, SD; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Helen; sisters, Dorothy and Delores; and half-brother, Bud Zimmerman.

The family would like to thank the staff at Bethesda Nursing Home in Webster, SD, for their kindness and compassion during Galand's stay.

A service with military honors will be held at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD, on Friday, September 21, 2018, at 1:30 PM with a Celebration of Life following the service at The Loud American Roadhouse in Sturgis.  A memorial has been established to the Webster American Legion Honor Guard.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.



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