Ernest Stanley Bohn

Ernest Stanley Bohn, “Stan” to most, 90, of North Newton, Kan., died May 19, 2021, at Kidron-Bethel Health Care. He was born Aug. 23, 1930, to Nora Malinda (Lantz) Bohn and Ernest J. Bohn in Tiskilwa, Ill.


He married Anita May Pannabecker on Sept. 6, 1952, shortly after they graduated from Bluffton College in Bluffton, Ohio.
He was a pastor of Rainbow Boulevard Mennonite Church in Kansas City, Kan., First Mennonite Church in Bluffton, Ohio, Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton, Kan., and interim pastor at churches in Hillsboro and Wichita, Kan., and New York City. He was Central District Conference pastor for four years, with National Conference Resource for social justice for three years, and executive secretary for the Commission on Home Ministries of the General Conference Mennonite Church for nine years. He and Anita spent three years in Kingston, Jamaica, with Mennonite Central Committee, where he taught conflict resolution and philosophy at Jamaica Theological Seminary.

In the last two decades of his life he was involved in numerous volunteer activities, including as a board member and program participant for Peace Connections, a Shalom Mennonite Church volunteer, in prison ministries and as a census worker.
He was raised in the farming and Mennonite communities of Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio. He attended Ohio State University, where he received a master’s degree, and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, where he received a master of divinity degree. He pursued further seminary study at San Francisco, Iliff, Concordia, Garrett, and Auburn Theological seminaries.
In his retirement, he enjoyed researching the genealogy of his and Anita’s families. He enjoyed many family vacations, especially Christmas holidays with family in Arizona and California.

Survivors include his wife, Anita; four children, Charles Bohn (Stella Dettweiler) of California, Kathryn Kendrick of Arizona, Emily Coyne (Dan Coyne) of Illinois and Lorraine Bohn (Henry J. Rempel) of Winnipeg, Man.; a sister, Eleanor Unruh of Kansas; a brother, John Bohn of Indiana; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Helen Klassen, Esther Groves and Catherine Hartman; and a brother, Alden Bohn.
A celebration of life service was held at Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton, Kan. Memorial Gifts may be made to Peace Connections in Newton or Bethel College in North Newton.


Sign up to our newsletter for important updates and news!