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Henry M. Bohlsen Oct. 17, 1921 - March 17, 2013

Henry M. Bohlsen Oct. 17, 1921 - March 17, 2013

CLARA CITY - Henry M. "Hank" Bohlsen, age 91, of Clara City, died Sunday morning, March 17, at the Regina Medical Center in Hastings.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 22, at Bunde Christian Reformed Church. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, March 21, 5-7 p.m. at the church and one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home of Prinsburg.

Henry Martin Bohlsen was born in Rheiderland Township, Chippewa County, Minnesota on October 17, 1921, the son of Martin and Dena (Peters) Bohlsen. He grew up on the family farm in rural Clara City, attended country school and was baptized and made profession of faith at Bunde Christian Reformed Church.

He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II and flew 52 missions over France and Germany. Following his discharge, he returned to Minnesota to continue farming. On August 19, 1951, he married Doris Lepler at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clara City. They lived and farmed near Clara City. Hank was a lifelong member of Bunde Christian Reformed Church, where he served as a deacon. He and Doris volunteered at the New 2 You Thrift Store in Willmar for many years.

He enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed carpentry and built the family home in 1972-1973, participated in the restoration of the W.D. Ammermann farm and was a charter member if the Friesian Historical Society. He spent the last years of his life caring for Doris at home until her death in April 2012.

He is survived by his daughter, Jean (and Jim) Larson of Inver Grove Heights; his son, Jim (and Cindy) Bohlsen of Oak Park, IL; three grandchildren, Brian Larson, Robyn (and Brian) Roth, and Nicholas Bohlsen; a great-granddaughter, Ayla May Roth; three brothers, John (and Betty) Bohlsen of Clara City, Marvin (and Marion) Bohlsen of Clara City and Virgil (and Hilda) Bohlsen of Willmar; a sister, Genevieve (and Jim) Zuidema of Willmar; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doris; and a brother-in-law, Bob Mahlum.