Raymond “Ray” Bohlman

Raymond “Ray” Bohlman, 91, of Grand Forks, ND passed away Sunday, August 29, 2021, at his home in Grand Forks.

Raymond Joseph Bohlman, son of William C. and Laura (Stanley) Bohlman was born August 15, 1930, at Thompson, ND. Ray was raised on the family farm and graduated from Thompson High School in 1948. Ray had four older brothers and a sister and was often reminded that he was the “baby” – even into his 80s. He left the farm to pursue an opportunity in Minneapolis, MN with International Harvester. He soon enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he spent four years at Manzano Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM. He was honorably discharged from active military service on January 8, 1955. Ray made his way back to Grand Forks and started his long career as a “bug man” with Lystads, which eventually became Ecolab.

Ray married Dorothy E. Miller on Easter Monday, April 22, 1957 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Grand Forks. They welcomed a son, Brian, and a daughter, Beth and raised their family in Grand Forks. In 1993, Ray retired from Ecolab after 38 years of pest control work.

Ray was a longtime member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Grand Forks, as well as the Knights of Columbus, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the American Legion. He never had many hobbies, but he was always around for his family and could be counted on to give us all a hand when needed. A holiday did not go by without hearing several of his stories from the farm, the Air Force or working with his brothers. One of his great delights was sharing his birthday with his grandson, Evan.

Ray is survived by his wife, Dorothy; a son, Brian (Teresa); a daughter, Beth, all of Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren, Kristen (Tom) Daly and their children, Tre and Charlotte, Jacksonville, FL and Evan Bohlman, Grand Forks, ND; also surviving are sisters-in-law, Lorraine and Berniece Bohlman; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Cliff, Earl, Don and Bill and his sister, Joyce Schumacher.

Mass of Christian Burial: 1:00 p.m. Thursday, September 2, 2021, in Holy Family Catholic Church, Grand Forks, ND.

Visitation: One hour prior to the liturgy in the church on Thursday.

Burial: Calvary North Cemetery, Grand Forks, ND.

Military Honors: Accorded by the American Legion Post 157, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3817 and the Grand Forks Air Force Base Honor Guard.

The online memorial Registry may be signed at

(The Historic Norman Funeral Home, Grand Forks, ND)

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