Victor L. Bohnenstiehl

Victor L. Bohnenstiehl, 94, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away peacefully at his daughter’s south Kansas City home on January 18, 2014. Vic was born October 25, 1919 and was raised in Black Jack, Illinois, by his parents Maude and Martin Bohnenstiehl. Black Jack was a small township of German immigrants where Vic first learned to speak English at the age of seven.

Vic worked for Sears Roebuck & Company for 35 years. In 1980 he retired as Group Operations Manager for stores located within the Southwest Region. Vic served for four years as a Master Sergeant in the United States Army during WWII. He earned five Bronze Stars while on campaign in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe and Ardennes. He was an active member of the Shriners (Ararat Shrine Temple) for decades and was also a 32nd Degree Mason. Vic enjoyed golf with friends and could be seen at Minor Park Golf Course on a regular basis.

Vic was preceded in death by his loving wife, Margaret, who passed away September 18, 1988, and his only brother, Clarence, September 1, 1981. Survivors include sons: Jeff (Jill), Joel (Jane), daughters; Vicki and Ellen. Vic leaves four grandchildren: Jason, Kari, Josh and Jack and eight great-grandchildren. All reside in the KC area.

Vic requested to be cremated with a private memorial. Any donations should be sent to Kansas City Hospice whose tireless help and support was immeasurable.

Family and friends will miss Vic. He is now with his Lord Our memories of him are fond and will last forever.

“Throughout my life I’ve never thought of myself as anything special, I’m just your average everyday guy.” Vic, you were special to everyone who was lucky enough to have known you!.


  1. Mark Brooks, Gladstone MO on January 23, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Joel. I’m so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. My Dad passed away in November, so I know how hard these losses are. They were both part of our greatest generation. My condolences to you and your family.

  2. Bob in Grandview, Missouri on January 22, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I am grateful for the life of Mr. Bohnenstiehl. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

  3. Alice Peacock on January 22, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Joel, I am so sorry to see of your Dad’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care. Alice

  4. Robert Scott Rose on January 22, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I worked for Mr. Bohnenstiehl at Sears for a long time in sales. I greatly respected him and enjoyed working for him. He was always cheerful and great to be around.

  5. Jackie Miller on January 21, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I am so sorry about the loss of Vic. He was a remarkable man. He was a wonderful family man, friend and all around great person. He always treated me like one of the family and that meant so much to me. I was blessed to know him.

    He will never be forgotten and Vic will always live on because of the wonderful family he raised.

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