Les Bohnen, 73, of Onalaska, WI passed into the Kingdom of Heaven to join his parents, brother, and other loved ones on Tuesday, September 6th. He is survived by his wife, Kate, his son, Shane (Jaimala), his brother, Byron (Barb), stepsons, Tony (Kim) and Jay, and grandchildren, Connor and Cameron. He was surrounded by loved ones at the time of his passing.
Les was born and raised in Winona, MN – to parents, Victor and Elna (Feine), the youngest of three boys. He graduated from Winona High School and Winona State University, pursuing a career as a regional store manager with the K-Mart Corp. that brought him to Michigan and Kansas – before discovering his interest and passion for working with Computers – which he pursued in the Twin Cities area up to his Retirement. Les and Kate moved to Onalaska in 2013.
A man with a curious mind and sense of humor, Les enjoyed the complex to the mundane. He wanted to perfect his short game in golf, swim the ocean, bike the Mississippi River Valley, get dusty in the desert of Arizona, watch 007 save the world, peering for hummingbirds, hunt up the perfect BBQ sauce and spend time with his high school sweetheart and eventual bride, Kate as they traveled the world and explored all that drove their mutual interests. A duomo in Italy. A coffee in France. A bullfight in Spain. Morning walks on the beaches of Hawaii.
While his health presented challenges in recent years, Les moved bravely forward with a smile, and found solace and comfort in the climate of winter while in Mesa, AZ, where he was most at peace, both mentally and physically. His Happy Place.
The family would like to give a special THANKS for the 3rd Floor staff at the Mayo Clinic Health System – Sparta Hospital, who exhibited tremendous care, kindness, concern and support over the last few weeks while Les was working through his rehabilitation for his broken hip.
Thank you for your love and support and for joining us to honor and celebrate our husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend.