Walter Richard Bohlmann

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Walter Richard BohlmannOriginally a resident of Sellwood, Walter Richard “Daddio” Bohlmann of Milwaukie passed away peacefully of natural causes at the age of 92 on May 23, with Nora, his devoted wife of 70 years, and his family, by his side.

Walter was born on April 17, 1921, to Arthur and Martha Bohlmann in Portland, where he attended Sellwood Elementary School and Benson Polytechnic, graduating with honors at the age of 16. After graduation from Benson, Walter took postgraduate courses at Commerce Business School (later Cleveland High School), excelling in Higher Mathematics, Business, Typing, and Shorthand. He then attended Whitman College, where he studied aeronautical engineering – after which he joined Blitz Weinhard Brewery. At the onset of WWII, Walt took a leave of absence from Blitz Weinhard and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps (which later became the U.S. Air Force), in which he served as a flight instructor, logging in over 2,000 flight hours. Following his military service, he resumed his career at Blitz Weinhard and at the same time honed his skills as a finish carpenter, cabinet maker, and fine home builder. As a secondary vocation, Walter built and restored more than 40 homes and commercial buildings, while continuing his career in the brewing industry, working his way up in brewery management. Walter retired from Blitz Weinhard in 1972 as Assistant Brewmaster and Director of Construction.

Walter was proud of his community service, including fundraising for United Good Neighbors as well as the American Red Cross, to which he donated over 50 gallons of blood. Following World War II, Walter was deputized by the Multnomah County Sheriff, and was instrumental in organizing a group of former military pilots for the Sheriff’s Flying Squadron which participated in search and rescue missions. He served on the Wichita Planning Commission and held memberships in both the Elks Lodge and the American Legion. His last unselfish act was the donation of his eyes for the medical research relating to Macular Degeneration.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Nora; sister, Elaine Quimby; sons, Richard (Karen), Daniel (Sharie); and daughter, Nancy (Timothy); five grandchildren, Melanie (Rob), Whitney (Brian), Courtney (Julius), Kelly and Brian; two great-grandchildren, Trace and Mackenzie; and one step-great-grandchild, Heavyn. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Herbert and Donald; and by his sister Eveyln.

A celebration of life was held on Tuesday, July 2, at Sunnyside Little Chapel of The Chimes, in Happy Valley. A Military Ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery followed. The family directs memorial contributions to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Happy Valley.

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