Ronald J. Bohlman
He was born into the world on August 4th, 1950, and joined his parents Lester and Viola Fox Bohlman in Eternal Glory on March 18th, 2021.
He was blessed in Marriage to Mary Rose Fisher on March 27th, 1971.
He is survived by his Loving wife for 50 years, Mary, his two sons Christopher and Michael, his siblings Linda Floyd, John Bohlman, Nancy Fox, and Cher Bohlman and his Mother-in-Law, Beverly Fisher.
This is not going to be a typical obituary which lists all of Ron’s earthly endeavors and accomplishments. That is not what his life was truly about. Rather this will be a testimony to how God has used Ron to forever alter the lives of so many to eternal heavenly effect.
Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then He separated the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:3-4
God said let there be light in Ron’s life on April, 27th, 1994, when he had an ethereal vision of hell while suffering a heart attack. His eyes were opened to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and he was separated from the darkness from that day forth. He committed his life to the Lord and the work of spreading the message of Christ’s love to everyone around him. This massive spiritual breakthrough occurred after nearly two decades of diligent prayer by Mary and the many Christian brothers and sisters of the Fond du Lac Gospel Tabernacle (later renamed Lighthouse Christian Church). God is Faithful!
Ron was consumed with a passion for evangelism and was not ashamed of the Gospel but would boldly proclaim the name of Jesus wherever he went. On a mission’s trip to the Dominican Republic, he walked door to door handing out bibles and giving his testimony so that many received Christ. While on vacation in Xtapa, Mexico, he befriended a man named Daniel on the beach and witnessed to him. Daniel accepted Christ and has taken to evangelizing like Ron, spreading the good news in Mexico. A man named Phil, who met Ron at church after becoming sober the previous year, was so influenced by Ron’s testimony that he was later ordained, spent 5 years as a missionary and now is a part time pastor at a shelter for homeless men in Tulsa. There are so many wonderful stories of how the Lord has used Ron for His Glory, that, in truth, only God knows how extensively this has branched out, affecting perhaps thousands of people through his life.
Anyone who knew Ron could tell you that he had an excellent sense of humor and really enjoyed laughing with other people. Many times, he would use this gift to disarm those who had built up defenses to engaging on a spiritual level. He loved to sing praise and worship and was a worship leader for one of the teams at Spirit of Life, Church of God. Many good times of Christian fellowship occurred at Ron and Mary’s home from having pool parties or wacky games in the basement to (of course) karaoke. Some remember him diving for the ball to win a game of backyard volleyball between the old and wise and the young whippersnappers. But in all of these things, the true purpose was to bring others closer to God.
Ron loved motorcycles. He rode his Harley everywhere to take in the beauty of God’s creation unencumbered by the visibility detriments of a safer vehicle. This led him to start a motorcycle ministry called the Resurrection riders. He was the lead rider for the annual resurrection ride many years in a row, bringing in riders from Oshkosh and Appleton to ride a scenic circuit throughout the state of Wisconsin. Again, the Lord used this ministry to touch the lives of many who were in recovery from addiction or other had other damage from bad choices they had made previously in their lives.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. Revelation 21:4
In June of 2018, Ron suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in his driveway and was kept alive by the vigorous CPR efforts of Mary while awaiting the arrival of emergency personnel. He survived this only to find out from the subsequent scans and testing for the cardiac episode that he had advanced lung cancer. Even through the sickness, he kept up his ministerial duties the best that he could, still sending out messages on the prayer chain email list until shortly before his passing. God had granted him an additional 1000 days to spend with those that he loved.
So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy. John 16:22
We as his family, mourn his passing from this life because of all that he was to us in body and spirit: devoted husband, loving father, and doting Grandpa as well as friends to so very many people. We thought we might have to extend the visitation to 3 hours to accommodate all of the people who would want to say farewell. We encourage everyone who has a story about Ron to post it on his Facebook page so that we have these wonderful memories recorded. Even in our sorrow, we rejoice knowing that the Lord has welcomed his good and faithful servant into the glorious riches of his presence forever and ever. We who believe, look forward to meeting him again someday with our incorruptible bodies on the streets of gold in Heaven!
We would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses at the Cancer Center and Hospice Hope for all the ways that they showed dedication and compassion through the treatment process and the final stages when more help was needed. Your efforts helped us immensely!
Visitation will be on Ron and Mary’s 50th wedding anniversary, March 27th, 2021, from 12:00-3:00 pm with a memorial service to follow, at Spirit of Life Church, 240 N. National Ave, Fond du Lac, with Rev. Jay Rodgers.
There are two dates on every tombstone. There’s a birth date and there is a date of death, and every human being is guaranteed those two dates. But that little dash that lies between those two numbers is what defines our lives.
So make your dash count.
Kurki Funeral Chapel & Crematory is serving the family, www.kurkifuneralchapel.com. 920-921-4420