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Melvin "Mel" Boehr
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Birth: Jan. 5, 1920
York County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Jan. 4, 1979
Lake County
Illinois, USA

Melvin (Mel) Boehr, 58

January 5, 1920 ~ January 4, 1979

Melvin Boehr was born January 5, 1920, to Bernhard (Ben) and Sarah (Mierau) Boehr on a farm near Henderson, Nebraska.

He attended country school, and graduated from Henderson High School. He attended York College for two years, and then graduated from Bethel College, a Mennonite school in North Newton, KS in 1946, with a teaching degree in history and a minor in mathematics.

He met his wife, Katharine Magdalene Andreas, while both were attending Bethel.

Melvin was a school teacher and farmer. He was born and grew up on a farm near Henderson, NE, and farmed for ten years near Beatrice, NE. He was baptized at the Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson, NE in his late teens, and remained active in the Mennonite church.

On May 30, 1946 he married Katharine Magdalene Andreas at the Beatrice Mennonite church, in Nebraska.

He taught and coached in country, elementary, and high schools in northern Kansas and southeastern Nebraska. In 1960 he received his Master's in Education from the University of Nebraska, and moved to Newton, KS, where he was principal and 5th/6th grade teacher at Golden Plains Elementary. In 1965 he received his Doctorate in Education from the University of Nebraska, and moved to Blair, NE where he taught education at Dana College until his death of multiple myeloma (a bone cancer) in 1979. He and his wife went to Waukegan, Illinois to a hospital there to try an alternative treatment for the cancer (the normal treatments weren't working any more).

In Blair, Melvin was a charter member of Kiwanis Club, and took part in state education programs.

He enjoyed playing Rook and pitching horseshoes.

Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp in Colorado was a favorite family vacation spot, even to summers spent volunteering as a worker there.

Education, family, and the Lord Jesus were important to him.

Melvin and Katharine had four children: Connie (Steve) Buller, Sharon (Mike) Navarrette, Ken (Kay) Boehr, Donna (Rich) Walker; Grandchildren: Jon (Ashley) and Andrew Buller, Laraina (Tom) Jarvis, Lydia (Jon) DeMonte, Angie (Toby) Hauser; Great-grandchildren: Evan, Hazel, Arden Buller; Townes Hagberg; Boston Jarvis; Luna DeMonte; Ricky White. Melvin's parents were Ben and Sarah (Mierau) Boehr.
Melvin's siblings: Elmer Boehr, Don Boehr, Sarah Regier, Rachel Hiebner, Ben Boehr. Note: some of the grandchildren were born after Melvin's passing

Above obituary written by daughter, Connie Buller. Obituaries below courtesy of the Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Public Library, Blair, Nebraska.

3 obituaries and 1 funeral leaflet; the Dana Hermes had a portrait

~~~1st obituary: Dana College Alumni publication, Winter, 1979, Blair, Nebraska

The Dana College community mourns the death on January 4 of one of its members. Dr. Melvin Boehr. Dr. Boehr, an associate professor of education, was a gentle man who cared deeply about his students, his colleagues and the College. In spite of illness during the past year, he continued to meet his classes and to participate in campus life. Survivors include his wife, Kay, of 1607 Lafayette, Blair; daughters Connie Buller '69, Blair; Shari Navarrette, Omaha; and Donna, a Dana junior; and son Kenneth '76, Manhattan, Kansas. Funeral services were held in Beatrice, Nebraska, on January 8, and memorial services on the campus January 10. The family has asked that memorials be divided equally among Dana, the Mennonite Central Committee (the relief service) and the General Conference of the Mennonite Church.

~~~2nd obituary: printed in The Hermes, Friday, February 9, Dana College, Blair, Nebraska Vol. LIX Issue VII; later reprinted in the Dana College Alumni Publication

Boehr: "A Master Teacher of Important Lessons" --Memorial speech for Dr. Boehr given by Prof. Ray Weckmuller

Gerald Sughroue, assistant commissioner of education for the state of Nebraska asked me to convey to the Boehr family and to the faculty and staff of Dana College the sympathy of the state department of education. Mr. Sughroue said: "As vice chairman of the committee which draws up the approval guidelines for teacher education programs, Mel Boehr has done much to improve the education of the children of Nebraska."

Dr. Bernard Matthies said: "you can't be around a man like Mel Boehr very long before your life is affected by him." And so has my life been influenced. Dr. Melvin Boehr was a master teacher. He seldom preached, but his life and his death were an eloquent witness by example.

One could point to many important lessons which Mel taught through example. I will select just two for this brief meditation.

1. It was not God's intention that man should spend much of his time upon this earth concerned with the trivial.

The overwhelming portion of Mel's time was spent dealing with serious, important matters: a deep love for and interest in children and their welfare, the missions of our churches, his beloved family and his own spiritual growth. I hope it is not an invasion of his privacy if I tell you that the picture I have of him in my mind above all others, is walking into his office and finding him reading the Bible. It was more often during this past year, but frequently during the years of good health. I doubt that Mel Boehr spent much time reading the National Enquirer or worrying about who would be selected to head the list of ten best dressed men or women. I do not mean to imply that Mel didn't have fun. He had a great sense of humor and we will all miss his hearty, contagious laugh. He also, on occasion, indulged himself with an emotional outburst at a basketball or baseball game. But his main interests and concerns were on those matters which really count for something.

2. It is counterproductive to attempt to impose your standards upon others.

Mel's standards of conduct for himself were as high as those of any man I have ever known. He quietly adhered to those standards without looking down on those of us with more hedonistic tendencies. His life stands as a quiet testimony which will have influence far beyond the influence of most who use a more flamboyant approach. I recall very well those tense days when the Viet Nam War controversy raged across the land. Mel and I stood on opposite sides of that issue. His compassionate, tolerant approach to me almost convinced me of the validity of his arguments. His feelings were strong, his influence was significant, his sell was soft.

There is a long list of other lessons which Mel taught well; his family could add many of which I know nothing about. Mel was a master teacher of truly important lessons of life. He was a master because when it came to love, compassion, honesty, faithfulness and a willingness to give of himself, he didn't tell you all about it: he demonstrated it abundantly.

--by Dr. Weckmuller

3rd obituary—printed January, 1979, in Grant News, Grant, Nebraska

Grant News

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Regier and Mr. and Mrs. Leon Regier of Grant and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Regier of Madrid attended the funeral services Jan. 8 of Mrs. Herman Regier's brother, Melvin Boehr. Dr. Boehr, 59, was an instructor at Dana College in Blair, Ne., and died of cancer.

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Jantzen of Madrid kept Aaron and Matthew, children of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Regier, while their parents were gone.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Regier left Jan. 1 to see their new grandson at the Craig King home near Zimmerdale, Ks. While there, they flew to Waukegan, Ill., on Jan. 4, to be with Sarah's brother, Melvin. He passed away several hours before the Regiers arrived.

Funeral Leaflet, Beatrice Mennonite Church, Beatrice, Nebraska

Dr. Melvin Boehr

Born Henderson, Nebraska January 5, 1920. Departed this life Waukegan, Illinois January 4, 1979, Age 58 Years, 11 Months, 29 Days.

"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself…that where I am, there ye may be also."—John 14-2

Services: Beatrice Mennonite Church, Beatrice, Nebraska 10:30 A.M. January 8, 1989. Words of Comfort by Rev. Louis Goetz, Pastor, Beatrice Mennonite Church. Honorary Casket Bearers: Dr. Ray Weckmuller, Paul Claassen, Rev. Jim Metzger, Ernest Claassen, Henry Hirschler, Reuben Friesen. Casket Bearers: Elmiran Boehr, Arlin Hiebner, Stanley Boehr; David Andreas; Leon Regier; Mark Andreas

Organist: Mrs. Ella M. Wiebe. Singers: Miss Pearleen Jerman, Miss Virginia Jerman. Hymns: "He Who Would Be in God Confiding"; "My God and I". Congregational Hymns: "How Great Thou Art"; "O Power Of Love".

Interment: Mennonite Cemetery, R. R. Beatrice, Nebraska.

In charge of memorial: J. Carl Claassen and Arthur Claassen.

The leaflet and printed obituaries were lost until Dr. Boehr's sister, Sarah Regier, gave them to the family upon her move to a retirement home. She lived in Grant, Nebraska.

Family links: 
  Bernhard Boehr (1891 - 1978)
  Sarah Mierau Boehr (1895 - 1977)
  Katharine Magdalene Andreas Boehr (1918 - 2016)*
  Elmer M. Boehr (1917 - 1998)*
  Donald Boehr (1918 - 2010)*
  Melvin Boehr (1920 - 1979)
  Bernhard Boehr (1921 - 2009)*
  Sarah Gladys Boehr Regier (1923 - 2014)*
  Rachel Elaine Boehr Hiebner (1928 - 2016)*
*Calculated relationship
The Lord is my Shepherd
Note: The mountain is from Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp, drawn by Melvin's daughter-in-law, Kay Boehr (Ken)
First Mennonite Church Cemetery
Gage County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: L 81
Created by: MrsB
Record added: May 17, 2013
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Melvin Mel Boehr
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- Sheila
 Added: Jun. 15, 2016
He loved farming but said, "It's a good hobby but you just can't make a living at it". He enjoyed a good card game, walking around a farm sale and kibitzing, and more than occasionally you could find him at the DANA College Swimming pool...R I P Dad...
- Mr B
 Added: Nov. 25, 2015
You loved farming, Dad
- MrsB
 Added: Oct. 13, 2013

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