Herbert August Bohrer, 74, of Springfield, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018 at Bingham Memorial Hospital.
Herb was born Oct. 6, 1943 in Bismarck, North Dakota, to Eldor Fred Bohrer and Hilda Bertha Isaak Bohrer. Herb attended school in Valley City, North Dakota, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. Following his schooling he served his country as a submariner in the United States Navy for 20 years.
Like other Navy men, Herb met an Idaho farm girl while stationed at the Naval Reactors Facility. Herb and Linda Chandler were married Aug. 17, 1968, moved around the country, and after retiring from the Navy settled on a farm in Springfield. He continued to work in the nuclear industry, and worked for several Idaho National Laboratory contractors and for the Department of Energy.
Herb grew up farming and loved working on his farm throughout his life. After he retired he took up the hobby of restoring old farm equipment. He especially looked forward to showing the results of his labors at the State Fair each year. Although he loved farming, he loved his family even more. His kids could usually convince him that water skiing was more important on a particularly beautiful morning than pipe moving.
Herb was a great believer in service to the community. He served on the Aberdeen School Board during two different phases of his life, also serving as chairman both times. A brief and incomplete list of his many service activities includes: Chairman of the Springfield/Sterling Cemetery Board for 25 years; LIFE Inc. (Living Independently for Everyone) board, including as chairman, for over 20 years; IRS Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, including time as chairman; three terms on the Idaho National Laboratory Environmental Management Citizen’s Advisory Board, including four years as board chair; and member and President of the Aberdeen Rotary Club. He will long be remembered for the many driveways he plowed and gardens he tilled all around Springfield on his trusty John Deere tractor.
Midway through her active life, Linda was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Herb dedicated himself to caring for her and making it possible for her to live on her farm. Herb and Linda raised three sons and took great pleasure in visits from their 10 grandchildren. Whenever Grandpa was around, ice cream was never far behind.
Herb was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his family were sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple on Nov. 25, 1983.
Herb is survived by Linda, his wife of nearly 50 years; sons, Steve (Jennie) Bohrer of Ammon, ID; Jason (Heidi) Bohrer of Bismarck, ND; Daniel (Amy) Bohrer of Lehi, UT; sisters, Kathleen (Kathy) Brobst and Nancy Lindsey; and brothers, Paul Bohrer and Randy Bohrer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eldor and Hilda, and a granddaughter, Eve.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Lakeview LDS Church. Family met with friends and relatives from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, at Hawker Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
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