He was born April 11, 1917, in Erie to George Bohrer and Katie (Otto) Bohrer. He grew up there and graduated from Erie High School in 1935. During World War II, he served in the Army in the Western Pacific campaigns. An Army master sergeant in the 726th Amphibious Tractor Battalion, Bohrer was awarded several medals including the American Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, American Service Medal, a Good Conduct Medal and a World War II Victory Medal. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Erie.
He married Margaret Diskin on Dec. 26, 1946, at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. The couple lived in Lawrence while he attended the University of Kansas. He received a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering from KU in 1948. Upon graduation, he accepted a position with Skelly Oil Co. After more than 30 years of employment as a registered petroleum engineer, Bohrer retired while living in Midland, Texas.
The couple later moved to Hot Springs Village, Ark. In 2001, they moved to Mansfield, Texas, to be closer to family. Bohrer was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He had a life full of faith and love. Keith had a great sense of humor, loved to read and loved KU basketball.
Survivors include three sons, Darrell Bohrer, Ken Bohrer and his wife, Tammy, and Steve Bohrer and his wife, Trish; a daughter, Pam Brotherton and her husband, Ralph; and grandchildren, Jason Bohrer and his wife, Renee, Zane Bohrer, Blake and Lance Brotherton; and great-grandchildren, Cole and Sydney Bohrer, and Jack and Charlie Bohrer; and many other beloved relatives.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of almost 58 years, Margaret (Diskin) Bohrer; parents; and siblings, Irma Bohrer and Kermit Bohrer.
The Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery in St. Paul. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. today at the church. The family will receive friends following the rosary in the St. Francis Parish Hall.
Memorials are suggested to Saint Francis Catholic Church, St. Paul. These may be left at or mailed to the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.