Harold T. Bohlmann of St. Louis, Missouri passed away on Monday, March 20 at Mercy South Hospital after a long illness. He was surrounded by his loving wife Melissa Ann Bohlmann and sons Rev. Matthew H. Bohlmann and Nicholas J. Bohlmann.
Harold was born on July 16, 1941, to Elvera and Harold C.W. Bohlmann in St. Louis City who preceded him in death. He grew up in South St. Louis and then later moved to Grantwood Village in Affton. He was baptized at and attended Ascension Lutheran Church and school in South St. Louis of which he was a member until 1989 when he and his wife became members at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church. He attended Lutheran High School Central.
He graduated from Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance in 1963 and an MBA in 1965. Shortly after, he earned his CPA license. While at Washington University he was in the ROTC program. He called himself a ROTC Ranger. Shortly after graduating he entered the United States Army as a Captain. He was stationed at Cameron Station in Alexandria, Virginia as the post comptroller until 1967 when he was honorably discharged.
After his discharge from the Army Harold joined his father at Bohlmann and Company Accounting Firm as a Managing Partner, where he remained until he retired in 2014.
In addition to his career as a CPA, Harold and his family were part owners of a local Travel Agency, and he took full advantage of traveling, escorting many trips with many people all over the world. In fact, he would boast about how he was able to visit every state and every continent except Antarctica during his travel agency days.
May 8, 1981, Harold met the love of his life and future wife Melissa Bader. After a long courtship, the bachelor that he had remained, proposed to Melissa and they were married at Ascension Lutheran Church on July 18, 1987. They have been blessed with two sons. Rev. Matthew H. Bohlmann born on February 2, 1990, and Nicholas J. Bohlmann born on September 14, 1994.
Harold was heavily involved in the St. Louis Lutheran community. He was active in and served on several charitable and organizational boards. Too numerous to list.
In addition to the St. Louis Lutheran community, he was involved in many local organizations. He served as President of the St. Louis Jaycee’s for many years and then went on to be President of the International Jaycee’s. He loved telling stories of those years. He was a member of the Crestwood Chamber of Commerce, the South Side Kiwanis Club, Gateway PGA, The American Institute of CPAs, and the Missouri Society of CPA’s. He also helped start the St. Louis S.O.B.’s, (Son’s of Bosses).
Harold taught accounting as an adjunct professor at Washington University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He was a part owner of the KFNS Fans 590 radio station.
Harold had a beautiful singing voice and enjoyed singing in his church choirs and playing the organ and piano when asked, especially during Christmas, his most favorite time of year. While he was a member at Ascension Lutheran Church he organized and became the Director of the “Hooked Generation”, Hooked on Christ, a young contemporary Lutheran music group.
Besides the deep love he had for his family, Harold LOVED his sports but #1 on his list was the St. Louis Cardinals. He loved everything Cardinals baseball and looked forward every year to Opening Day. If he wasn’t watching baseball, then it was golf. Sometimes he’d have the boys set up a second television, so he didn’t miss a thing, and he knew how to watch two things at once. He especially loved when he could sit with the boys and watch anything sports related.
Harold was a kind and thoughtful soul and will be missed and remembered by the many lives he touched. He was never scared to take on new opportunities and did everything with honesty and integrity. He had very strong values and was well liked by everyone, mostly due to his positive energy. Harold had incredible patience, and always made time to help and be with others.
Visitation for Harold will be Friday, March 24 at Ziegenhein Funeral Home, 4830 Lemay Ferry, St. Louis, 63129 from 4-8 pm. Visitation will also take place on Saturday March 25th at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church, 5252 S. Lindbergh, St. Louis, MO. 63126 at 9:30 am, with his funeral service beginning at 11am.
The burial will be private on Monday March 27 where he will be laid to rest at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.