Arnold A. Bohjanen

Arnold A. Bohjanen
Arnold A. Bohjanen of Kalamazoo, MI, passed away Saturday, August 22, 2009 in Kalamazoo. Mr. Bohjanen was born January 26, 1920 in Hancock, Michigan, son of the late Henry and Elizabeth (Takalo) Bohjanen. After graduation from high school he entered the U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corp. as a Cadet Engineer and was assigned to the American President Lines out of San Francisco for sea training. He had been a member of the Mercahnt Marine Reserve, U.S. Naval Reserve, serving as a marine engineer aboard oil tankers during WWII. After leaving the sea, he was employed as a power plant engineer in the utility, paper, mining and auto industries. He was a member of Peace Ev. Lutheran Church of Otsego and a former member of the National Association of Power Engineers. Arnold was a certified master gardener in both Michigan and Florida and enjoyed gardening for many winters in Florida and summers in Michigan. Surviving are three sons, Robert (Virginia) of Kentwood, Douglas of Kalamazoo and David (Lori) of Kalamazoo; four grandchildren; one great-grandson; a brother, Robert (Mabel) of Marquette; a sister, Margaret (Mike) Bourgeois of Atlantic Beach, FL; several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his beloved wife of 62 years, Elaine, on January 24, 2009; and three brothers, Martin, Edward and Fred. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home. Otsego. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Thursday at Peace Ev. Lutheran Church, Otsego, with Pastor Jason Thiel officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Lawn Memorial Park, Grand Rapids. Contributions in memory of Arnold may be made to Peace Ev. Lutheran Church or the charity of choice.
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