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Jack moved to Ava in 1975 J.W. (Jack) Bohnstedt, of Ava, passed away Feb. 24, 2006, after a courageous battle with cancer, at the home of his daughter, Sue, in Diamond, Mo., surrounded by his loving wife of 56 years, Peggy, and family. Jack was 81.
He was born March 27, 1924, to Guy Edward Bohnstedt and Ella Helen (Harmon) Bohnstedt, in Kellogg, Idaho. Jack served his country during World War II as a first class petty officer in the United States Navy. Jack and Peggy moved to Ava in 1975, after Jack retired from Kaiser Steel in Eagle Mountain, Calif., as a driller. He was an accomplished welder who helped many of his friends and neighbors when in need.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Janie, and a son, Bill; two brothers, William and Guy; three sisters, Maxine Burns, Esther Storm and Hazel Boman.
Surviving besides his wife, Peggy, of the home, in Ava, are three children, Sue Youngblood and her husband, Donnie, of Diamond, Jody Stillings, Ava, and Andrew Bohnstedt and his wife, Carol, of Lee’s Summit; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five sisters, Bea Morgan, Barbara Hagen, Bonnie Story, Guyla Coleman and Kathleen Cheek; one brother-in-law, Joe Grimes and his wife, Eliska, of Sedalia; and one sister-in-law, Karen Eytcheson and her husband, Fred, of Cherryvale, Kan.
Services were held Feb. 28 in Joplin, at Mason-Woodard Mortuary and Chapel. Cremation followed after the service.