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Frederick "Fred" Bohaty

Frederick "Fred" Bohaty age 79 of Lawler, IA died Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at Aase Haugen Senior Services in Decorah, IA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 6, 2023, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler, with Rev. Dan Knipper celebrating the Mass. Kim Ball will be the vocalist and Samantha Schulz will be playing the organ. Presenting the offertory gifts will be Fred’s grandchildren, Samantha, Montie Mae, Talyn, and Brooklyn. For those unable to attend the Mass in person, please join the family via Livestream at the link below. https://foveo.stream/hugeback-johnson/frederick-edward-bohaty Interment will be held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Lawler, with Chad Ball, Doug Ball, Gene Blazek, Joe Sabelka, Dean Fisher, Dave Vsetecka, Dennis Njus, Steve Kuennen, and Jeff Jirak serving as pallbearers. Military Honors will be conducted by Harold Redman American Legion Lawler Unit #279. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 5, 2023, at Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church in Lawler on Saturday. Frederick Edward Bohaty was born January 22, 1944, in Los Angeles, CA, the son of Frederick and Delores (Bartlett) Bohaty. He received his education in Colon, NE, and Barstow, California. He entered the U.S. Army in April of 1961 and was honorably discharged in April of 1964. On June 27, 1964, he married Carol L. Graf at St. George Church in Tinley Park, IL. They lived in an apartment by Midway Airport and shortly thereafter bought a home in Woodridge, IL. In March of 1968, Fred and Carol bought the Carl Slindee farm six miles North of Lawler. He farmed the land and worked as a truck driver, was employed at the Conoco station for Bob Arens in Lawler, was a Schwan’s delivery man, and changed careers working as a dredge technician and mechanic for 20 years for Don Blazek Sr. Fred and Carol built their present home themselves from the block up starting in 1976. Fred worked in his shed as a super do-it-yourself craftsman. He would fix anything or make anything for his wife, children, grandchildren, or neighbors. He was noted for his patience in teaching others; always behind the scenes making projects and creating fun for the members of the Far Out 4’s 4-H Club for 24 years; was a chaperone and BBQ chef for 4-H events; named an honorary 4-H member in 1989. He was inducted into the Iowa State 4-H Hall of Fame in 2006, was a proud member of the Harold Redman American Legion Lawler Unit #279, and was on the firing squad at veteran’s funerals. Fred loved to work on old cars. He won many trophies and plaques at car shows with his 1951 Packard Ultramatic 4-door 200 Deluxe straight 8 288-cu.in. 135 automatic. Fred is survived by his wife, Carol of 58 years of Lawler, IA; two daughters, Deborah Bohaty of Hudson, IA, Kimberly (Jim) Gannon of Des Moines, IA; one son, Scott (Carrie) Bohaty of New Hampton, IA; grandchildren, Samantha Gannon (Cole Nordman) of Des Moines, IA, Montie Mae (Neil) Konrad of Marshalltown, IA, Talyn and Brooklyn Bohaty of New Hampton, IA; great-granddaughter, Ainsley Konrad of Marshalltown, IA; one brother, Ed Bohaty of Apple Valley, CA; one sister, Loretta (Bernie) Sladky of Wahoo, NE; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; great-nieces and great-nephews, and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews in Nebraska, North Carolina, Illinois, Tennesse, Oklahoma, California, and Virginia. He was preceded in death by his son, Robert in 1969; parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and many friends.

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss of such a kind hearted man who made the best chocolate chip pancakes. My thoughts and prayers to all of you. Love you all

  2. What a super great guy and cousin. He gave the best hugs. And was always there for me and my family!! I will always miss u my buddy!! Love and hugs to Carol and the kids!! Wish I could be with u all.

  3. Uncle Fred you was the best uncle I could ever ask for! My daddy loved you so much! I wish we could have spent more time together but know I always will keep the memories close to my ❤️!

  4. So sorry to hear of your loss, Scott, Carrie, Talyn, Brooklyn and Family! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  5. Our Deepest Sympathy Carol and family, know prayers and thoughts ar with you during this difficult time of loss. RIP Fred!
    James &Lyn Bailey

  6. So sorry to hear that Fred has passed. Our sympathy and prayers to all the Bohaty family. May he rest in peace.

  7. With deepest sympathy ❤️‍🩹 Fred was a great person that raised a beautiful family…

  8. So sorry to the Bohaty family, Fred was a kind man and always a smile on his face! Sending hugs Carol.

  9. I’m sorry Carol and children for your loss. My memories of Freddie include his kindness and love for all. He was so talented with his work and creativity with such humility. I also remember the fun we all had as children on the desert at our grandparents place.
    Take care and know I will be praying for you all.

    Hugs and love,
    Connie Smith (Tulsa)

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