Curtis “Curt” O. Bohnenkamper, 88, passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, in his home.
Curt was born on November 26, 1932, in Huntingburg, Indiana, to Victor and Dorothy Bohnenkamper. Attending Huntingburg High School, Curt excelled in basketball and baseball earning many recognitions throughout his career. His love for baseball landed him an offer to play college ball in Texas, but upon arriving in Texas, found the homesick feeling was just too much and hitchhiked back to Indiana. Curt eventually joined the Air Force and proudly served while earning the opportunity to play on their top-level traveling baseball team.
Curt married Constance “Connie” Schnell on August 31, 1958, and they were happily married until her passing in 1998. They originally set their roots in Indianapolis, Indiana, where Curt began his career with Meridian Mutual Insurance as a claims adjuster. He was transferred to Peru, Indiana, in 1975 as branch manager. He retired after 37 years of service and remained very active in the community with his family and friends.
Curt was a lifelong fan of St. Louis Cardinals baseball as well as an avid IU basketball and Indiana Pacer fan. He played slow-pitch softball well into his early 60s, often playing with teammates half his age and being known as “Curt & The Kids”. He also enjoyed knocking that little white ball around golf courses. Happily, in his retirement he took a position at Rock Hollow Golf Club where he was a “stickler for the rules” starter, keeping players in line. He enjoyed that position for many years.
In recent years he was rarely seen without his faithful companion, his dog Finley.
Curt will be greatly missed by his children, Kyle (Jenny) Bohnenkamper of Warsaw, Karen (Kenny) Edwards of Lafayette, Kay Ann (Pat) Ulery of Indianapolis; 7 grandchildren, Sam, Jack, Emma, Zoe, Noah, Avery, Addison; and sister Shirley Hart.
He was preceded in death by his wife Connie, parents Victor Bohnenkamper and Dorothy White, brothers Roy and Victor Jr., and sisters Joyce Knust and Barbra Gail Pries.
There will be a small graveside service held Saturday, July 17, 2021, at 11:00 am at Mount Hope Cemetery in Peru, Indiana. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on August 22, 2021, from 2:00-5:00 pm at Rock Hollow Golf Club, 669 S 250 W, Peru, IN. Feel free to wear his favorite team color (St. Louis red/white or IU crimson/cream) in his honor.
Memorial contributions can be made to your local animal shelter.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.FlowersLeedyAllen.com.
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