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John Sigmund Bohm, 84, versatile musician with a penchant for jazz

John Sigmund Bohm
John Sigmund Bohm

LELAND — John Sigmund Bohm, 84, passed away Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to John T. Bohm and Sarah Ladomersky Bohm, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Greta Hoyer, Carl Bohm and Elizabeth Proppe; nephew, Michael Proppe; and nieces, Cheryl Hoyer and Nancy Hoyer.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; daughter, Michelle Cloninger; son-in-law, Greg; grandchildren, Miles and Abby; and nieces and nephews.

John loved growing up in, and exploring, the city of Cleveland. He was an avid sports fan, and was able to see the Browns play when they were very successful in the 1950s and 1960s. John was a lover of music, and he and his siblings were versatile musicians, playing a variety of instruments. He loved playing and listening to jazz, and was a huge fan of Dave Brubeck, among many other Jazz luminaries. As a young man, he very much enjoyed being a driver in various car races in Cleveland. He sometimes took this skill to the highways.

John was a mechanical engineer for 42 years in the heavy duty trucking industry, the last 16 years with Freightliner Corp., living in Cleveland; Southwest Virginia near Blacksburg; Charlotte, North Carolina; Portland, Oregon; Richmond; and finally residing in Leland, to be near his daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. John was 6’4″ with an athletic build and was a solid golfer and enjoyed playing on courses all over the country, finally playing many of the courses in coastal North Carolina. He was a knowledgeable and successful gardener, woodworker and could repair and fix most anything. John loved food and was a great cook. He left behind his own personal cookbook that will be put to good use.

John was generally a quiet guy with a sly, dry sense of humor and quick wit. A fan of Groucho Marx, he might often incorporate a few lines from George Burns into a conversation. John was born into a very tight and close family, and maintained his love and ties to his brothers, sisters and their children. He was successful and loving husband, married to Karen for 47 years. He was a loving and caring father who always took time to be with his daughter Michelle and be supportive of her. He was a great and proud granddad, very loved by his grandchildren, Abby and Miles. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Wilmington and Wells Sunday School. “And what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”

A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, at First Baptist Church with Dr. Matt Cook officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of John to the First Baptist Church, Wilmington, or Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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