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Lee Robert Bohning

January 11, 1940 - March 8, 2017

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Lee Robert Bohning was born January 11, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan to parents Geraldine and Gilbert. He grew up in Detroit with his parents and siblings William (deceased), Richard, and Patricia. Lee put himself through college earning a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Lawrence Technological University. After graduation, he joined the Navy and was assigned to the NMCB-NINE from March 1965 to March 1967. During his time with the NMCB-NINE, he served two tours in Vietnam. While building the hospital at China Beach, his camp was hit by a mortar attack during which...

Lee Robert Bohning was born January 11, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan to parents Geraldine and Gilbert. He grew up in Detroit with his parents and siblings William (deceased), Richard, and Patricia. Lee put himself through college earning a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Lawrence Technological University. After graduation, he joined the Navy and was assigned to the NMCB-NINE from March 1965 to March 1967. During his time with the NMCB-NINE, he served two tours in Vietnam. While building the hospital at China Beach, his camp was hit by a mortar attack during which Lee was injured. He was awarded the Purple Heart, which was presented by actor, Charlton Heston.



After returning from Vietnam, Lee was stationed in Athens, Georgia from May 1967 to May 1968 at which time Lee moved to State College, Pennsylvania to begin his studies at Penn State University. Lee graduated from Penn State in December 1969 with a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering. Shortly after graduation, Lee was assigned to the NNPU at Fort Belvoir, Virginia where he served from December 1969 to September 1971. From October 1971 through November 1972, he wintered over in Antarctica as the OIC of the NNPU DET PM-3 supplying power to McMurdo Station. In December of 1972, Lee returned to the NNPU at Fort Belvoir where he remained until March 1974. While stationed at Fort Belvoir, Lee met his loving wife of 43 years, Patricia, and they wed at Andrews Air Force base in September 1973. The newlyweds moved to Orlando, Florida in April 1974 upon Lee being stationed at the NTC Orlando. Their first daughter, Amanda Sue, was born in September of 1974. Lee and Pat welcomed their second daughter, Carrie Lee, to the family in April 1978. In between the births of their two daughters, Lee was assigned to the ROICC Orlando in August of 1976. He served at the ROICC Orlando until March 1979 at which time Lee was sent to Port Hueneme, California where he served as the OIC of the NNPU from April 1979 to June 1980. Lee served as OIC NEESA Port Hueneme from July 1980 through April 1981. Lee, Pat, Amanda, and Carrie moved to Yokosuka, Japan in May 1981 where Lee was assigned to the DOICC Far East, Yokosuka until September 1982. Lee then served as XO PWC, Yokosuka from September 1982 to July 1984 at which time the family returned to the States. Lee was stationed at COMNAVAIRLANT in Norfolk, Virginia from July 1984 through October 1985. Lee retired from the Navy in 1985 and returned to Orlando, Florida with his wife and daughters.



Lee worked as an engineer for the Orlando International Airport and subsequently for an engineering company before going to work for the State of Florida in the Department of Transportation. Following Carrie’s graduation from high school in 1996, Lee and Pat moved to Gulfport, Florida and Lee continued to work for the State. Lee retired from the State a few years later and lived out the remainder of his days with Pat in Gulfport. After several years of suffering with dementia and diminishing capacity, Lee was diagnosed with advanced Alzheimer's in early 2016. In December 2016, Pat and Carrie were finally forced to put Lee in a special care facility when his needs exceeded the level of care they were able to provide at home.



Lee died suddenly and with a smile on his face while enjoying live music with the other residents of his care facility on March 8, 2017. He is predeceased by his mother Geri, father Gilbert, brother Bill, daughter Amanda, and nephew Brian (Patricia's son). Lee is survived by his wife Pat; daughter Carrie; mother in law Ruby; and family in Michigan: brother Dick (wife Pat), sister Patricia; nephew Paul and nieces Kim and Lisa (Bill's children); and nieces Sandy, Sharon, and Laurie (Dick's children).



In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The America Heart Association or the Alzheimer's Association.