11 Bruce Boehler

Bruce Boehler
Hometown (Last School)
Lorain, OH (High)
July 8, 1917

Transferred to Bowling Green

Obituary – Bruce D. Boehler dies, was educational leader, Elyria (OH) Chronicle-Telegram (July 4, 1987)

A former superintendent of two area school systems also widely known for his athletic and coaching achievements, is dead at age 69.

Bruce D. Boehler, of Grafton, died Thursday at Elyria Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Superintendent of the Keystone School District for 11 years from 1964-75, he was also superintendent of South Amherst schools for three years. Boehler retired from that school district in 1982.

Prior to taking the top post at Keystone, he was an elementary and high school principal in that school district, as well as a math teacher in the Avon school system.

Born in Tiffin, he lived in the Lorain County area all his life.

In addition to his substantial body of achievements in education, Boehler made his mark in athletics, beginning with a stint as a professional basketball player with Cleveland’s entry in the National Basketball League during the 1945-46 season, forerunner to the NBA.

Playing college basketball for two years for the University of Kentucky, Boehler was honored by the school as K-Man of the Year in 1978.

A basketball and football official for 12 years, he also managed basketball, baseball, and golf tournaments for the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

He was inducted into the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.

He served one year as bailiff in Elyria Municipal Court, and six years as Executive Director of the Lorain County Bar Association.

A 1935 graduate of Lorain High School, he did undergraduate work at the University of Kentucky, Bowling Green State University and Baldwin Wallace College, from which he received a bachelor of arts degree in 1946.

Boehler did graduate work at Ohio State University and Kent State University, receiving his masters degree in education from Kent State in 1962.

He was a member of the Washington Ave. Christian Church and a member of Elyria Elks Lodge 465.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.

Boehler is survived by his wife of 40 years, Barbara; daughters, Kerry Marie Boehler of North Canton, and Deanna Lee Pohl of Minneapolis, Minn.; one grandson; and one brother, Don Boehler of Rocky River. ,P>Memorial services will be held Monday at 4 p.m. in the Washington Ave. Christian Church with the Rev. Janet A. Long, officiating.

The body was donated to Case Western Reserve University.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Washington Ave. Christian Church Memorial Fund.