ERIE — Rex E. Bohrer, 84, a lifelong resident of Erie, entered eternal rest at 9:41 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute.
He was born on June 10, 1936, to Hurley and Louie (Lydick) Bohrer on the family farm in rural Erie. He grew up in rural Erie and attended schools in Erie, graduating from Erie High School in 1954.
For several years Rex worked as a milk hauler for Neosho Valley Co-op Creamery. In 1969, he and his wife, Frances, opened Bohrer Appliance, which the couple operated until their retirement on Dec. 31, 2019. Rex was dedicated to his business, and Erie residents knew they could call him day or night for air conditioning/furnace and appliance repair.
Rex was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Erie. He loved the Erie community, and the safety and quality of life of its citizens were very important to him. He helped found the Erie ambulance service and for many years served as chief of the Erie Fire Department and was active in the Jaycees. His greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, who loved him very much.
On Nov. 17, 1956, Rex and Frances L. Herod were united in marriage.
Survivors include his wife, Frances, of the home; six children, Greg Bohrer of Erie, Debbie Beachner and her husband, Randy, of Erie, Denise Coover and her husband, Kelly, of Galesburg, Darlene Hughes and her husband, Rodney, of Galesburg, Jeff Bohrer and his wife, Zoanna, of Erie and Annette Garner and her husband, Curtis, of Carthage, Missouri; 14 grandchildren, Andrew Beachner, Miranda Palmer, Jared Beachner, Hilary Robinson, Brayden Beachner, Keith Coover, Sarah Swain, Kyle Coover, Bridget Barger, Frannie Callarman, Elaine Shultz, Thad Hamilton, Devon Bohrer and Jessica Robertson; and 30 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Hurley “Junior” Bohrer; five sisters, Elizabeth Bohrer, Jeanie Runyon, Ruth Raney, Dorotha White and Pauline Burke; a grandson, Gabriel Garner; and a great-granddaughter, Giana Palmer.
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Catholic Church in St Paul. Burial will follow at East Hill Cemetery in Erie at a later date. The rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Thursday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Friends may call at the funeral home to sign the register from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. The rosary and the funeral Mass can be viewed live on the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home Facebook page. For all events, social distancing guidelines will be followed, including the requirement of face masks.
Memorials are suggested to the Erie Fire Department or St. Ambrose Catholic Church and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.