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Dorothy Louise (Rich) Bohrer

1927 ~ 2022 (age 95) 95 Years Old

Dorothy Bohrer Obituary


Dorothy Louise Bohrer, 95, of Arkansas City passed away Friday, November 4th, 2022 at her home surrounded by her family.

A memorial service has been scheduled for 2 P.M. Friday, November 18th, 2022 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Arkansas City. A memorial has been established in Dorothy’s name with the Cowley County Humane Society. Contributions may be left in the care of the Shelley Family Funeral Home.

Dorothy was born on September 10th, 1927 to Dewey and Bessie Rich. She attended high school In Oxford, KS. On October 6, 1946, Dorothy was united in marriage to Charles Preston Bohrer at the Oxford Christian Church. During Chuck's employment with Boeing, his assignment was well-guarded and required a life of adventure and travel for the couple and their three children.  Eventually, they settled down in Arkansas City where they opened a business they dreamed about. It was called Midway Rocks and Gems. Dorothy ran the ceramic shop and Chuck cut stones and made jewelry in his lapidary shop.  Even after Chuck’s death in 1990 she continued teaching ceramics and did so for over 40 years.   She also loved to garden with vegetables and flowers, especially Iris.  She was an awesome cook, learning at an early age she was often responsible for the family meals. Being the only daughter of 4 children, she spent a lifetime in service to those she loved including her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Central Christian Church, and American Legion, and a proud wife of a Mason while in the Beauceant.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter Carolyn Horton, grandchildren: Tammie Retzer (Horton), Renee Wall (Bohrer), Tyson Bohrer, Holly Ortiz (Bohrer),  Amelia Lozano, Jessica (Calvin) Justus, and Robert Lozano, great-grandchildren: Preston (Jordan) Retzer, Tyler Retzer, Tynil Retzer, Jacob Wall, Heather Wall, Kristin Norton, Makayla Bohrer and Lexi Bohrer, and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Daughters-in-law: Sheryl Bohrer, Brenda Bohrer and long-time neighbor and friend Barbara Standerfer. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charles Bohrer, her sons Jerry Bohrer and Steve Bohrer, and her siblings Earl Rich, Glenn Rich, and Paul Rich. Grandsons Neil Retzer, and Kenneth Wall.

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Memorial Service
November 18, 2022

2:00 PM
Shelley Family Funeral Home Arkansas City
906 W. Kansas
Arkansas, KS 67005


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