Karen J. Bohlken

Karen Jean Parrack Bohlken, 76, Wymore, NE, died Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Cambridge Place, Marysville.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, January 12 at Kinsley Mortuary with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 13 at the Immanuel  “Stateline” Lutheran Church, North of Marysville.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Karen was born December 14, 1940 on a farm northwest of Hebron, NE to Louis and Velva (Peake) Parrack.  They later moved to a farm southwest of Narka, KS in 1942 and to Mahaska in 1947.  She graduated from Mahaska High School in 1959, and worked at the Washington County Extension Office from January, 1960 until August 1961.

Karen attended Hastings College for one semester and then transferred to Fairbury College until 1963.
She taught at Shickley School for two years.  She then attended Peru State College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1966 and taught special education classes in Barneston for two years.

On June 12, 1966, she was united in marriage to Herman “Butch” Bohlken at Mahaska.  She and her husband farmed together and raised their sons south of Wymore.  Karen spent every Saturday night, during the summer, watching her sons race cars at various tracks in Kansas and Nebraska.  She and Butch rarely spent time apart during their marriage.  Karen enjoyed growing flowers and crocheting.   She spent many hours working on her wheat weaving crafts and sewing hundreds of quilts, that were sent to Lutheran World Relief.  She enjoyed providing floral arrangements, from her garden, for church on Sunday mornings.

Preceding her in death were her parents; brother, Dean Parrack; and sister-in-law, Elaine Parrack .

Survivors are her husband, Butch; sons, Brad (Nikki) Bohlken and Robert (Rachel) Bohlken both of Wymore; brother, Marvin Parrack, Fairbury, NE; sister-in-law, Jean Parrack, Conway, AR; and six grandchildren, Carson, Connor and Carly Bohlken and Elizabeth, Thomas and Johnathan Bohlken.

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