Major William H. Bill Bohlke, USAF Retired, current Mayor of Hollywood Park, Texas, who was a Hollywood Park resident for over 25 years, passed away August 27th 2012. Bill suffered a fatal accident while taking care of his prized cattle near Poteet, Texas. Bill retired from the Air Force in 1990 after serving as a B-52 Instructor Pilot, Computer Systems Analyst, Officer Training School Squadron Commander, and Officer in Charge of the Simulator Support Center and Randolph AFB. He flew 160 combat missions in a B-52D over Viet Nam with 32 missions over North Viet Nam. His awards and decorations include three Distinguished Flying Crosses, ten Air Medals, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with palm. Bill graduated from St. Marys University with a degree in Mathematics and returned to get his Masters of Science in Computer Information Systems. He was hired as the first Data Processing Manager for the San Antonio River Authority and established the position and all associated regulations and guidelines. After 10 years with the River Authority, he joined City Employee Federal Credit Union (Generations) as Vice President Management Information Systems. Bill has served on several BeefMaster Breeders Union committees including Ethics, By-Laws, and Long Range Planning. He was lead usher at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church. He coached CYO soccer, CYO basketball, and elite soccer for several years. Bill and his wife, Tonia, have owned their own business for the past 11 years and Bill also ranched and raised purebred BeefMaster Cattle. Bill loved being Mayor of Hollywood Park. He is known for the phrase, if it spells revenue, Im for it. He is survived by Tonia Bohlke, his wife of 43 years; daughter, Amber (Bohlke) Perry and her husband, Mark; granddaughter, Averi; son, Christopher Bohlke and his wife, Amy (Whitaker); grandson, Sterling; son, Brian Bohlke and his wife, Jaclyn (Voigt); grandson, Dylan; granddaughter, Landri; brothers, Joe Bohlke and his wife, Diana of Des Moines, IA; Jayme Bohlke and his wife, Debbie of Chandler, AZ; sister, Marybeth Lovejoy and her husband, Dr. Johnny of San Antonio; mother-in-law, Ruby Egan of Boerne, TX.; in-laws: Jack Egan and his wife, Cindy, Mark Rankin and his wife, Lasca E., Joe Egan and his wife, Monique, Pat Crow and his wife, Teri E., Ben Egan and his wife, Donita, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Martin F. Bohlke (2005); his mother, Mary Esther (1984) and his brothers, Robert Bob (2004) and David Butch (1996). Bill was a member of the NRA, American Legion and BeefMasters Breeders Union Member. The family will receive friends on Monday, September 3, 2012 from 5 to 7 P.M. at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2012
ST. MARK THE EVANGELIST CATHOLIC CHURCH
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2012
ST MARK THE EVANGELIST CATHOLIC CHURCH
1602 THOUSAND OAKS
Msgr. Kevin Ryan will officiate. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you please consider making a donation to one of Bills favorite charities a link to which can be found at www.bohlkememorial.com.
Born: January 14, 1947
Place of Birth: Dyersville, IA
Death: August 27, 2012
Place of Death: San Antonio, TX
Occupation: Cattle Rancher
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