John Joseph Bohner, a 34 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2012 in Torrance. Born in Utica, NY, John was 62 when he died. John was a scientist, a photographer and a ham radio operator. He was educated at Utica College, the University of Maine and Syracuse University. He worked in the aerospace industry at Hughes Aircraft, Boeing and the Aerospace Corporation. He was proud to serve his county in this capacity. John was semi-retired. John had a lifetime interest in photography and brought a unique perspective to his work, which embraced a wide variety of subjects. A film photographer in his youth, he successfully transitioned to using digital photography, including employing digital manipulation to create what he called "pictures of alternate realities". Some of his photos can be seen at the South Bay Camera Club website at .To the ham radio community, he was known as KJ6AW. He enjoyed participating in radio contests, and, as a scientist, was delighted to have made contact with astronauts on the space station and people all around the world. As an ham radio operator, John also volunteered with the Manhattan Beach Police Department and the L. A. County Sheriff's Department. He provided logistical support at local foot races and, during emergencies, to police and firefighters. John is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sharon Bohner of Manhattan Beach, CA, his son, Ryan Bohner of Costa Mesa, CA, and his sister-in-law, Julia Shaffner of Las Vegas, NV. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norbert and Veronica Bohner. A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Rice Mortuary Chapel in Torrance on Friday February 24 from 5 to 7pm with a service beginning at 7pm followed by a reception in the Lighthouse Room. Burial will take place at Forest Hill Cemetery in Utica, New York. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Red Cross.

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  1. Sharon, I’m so sorry for your loss. I had the opportunity to meet John once. From seeing his photography, and hearing the wonderful stories you shared with me, I know he was a very, kind gentle man that will be sadly missed.

  2. Sharon, I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. My thoughts are with you in this difficult time and I wish all the best for you and Ryan.

  3. John: I remember you well from the days when you hung out with my sister, Ed Hamlin, Harry Cynkus, and all of Barbs friends from UFA. May your memory be a blessing.

  4. John was an old friend and companion from high school days. I remember fondly our bicycle trips, swimming days, and our (mild not wild) parties at his parents’ house. We shared many interests in science and engineering as well as drama club. We have not been in touch for decades, but I thought of John frequently with great affection. My deepest condolences to his family on his loss at way too young an age.

  5. The Bohner’s have been our next door neighbors for 19 years…We will miss seeing John coming and going. John was forever proud of Ryan and for good reasons as a father should be and we shared many stories of John’s adventures and even ran into him in Las Vegas on one of them…other places too, just can’t remember them right now. We were friends and neighbors and extend our deepest sympathy to Sharon and Ryan, remember the good times and cherish the memories. Sincerely, Wade, Lisa, Aaron and Kory Medeiros

  6. Glad to have known John, be it brief, when we all went to the movies together.I got A wiff of his keen since of humor . I wish you Sharon , Ryan , and siter Julie many found memories and know that John would want you all happy. God Bless you though this journey. Love Carolyn

  7. John was a friend at Utica Free Academy and through the “Luther League,” a church youth group. He was a fine person, jovial, fun-loving. Everyone liked John. I have not seen him since 1968 but, after viewing his photographs, I feel that I could easily enjoy a walk and conversation with him on that California pier that he must have loved. My deepest sympathy to the family.

  8. While we didn’t keep in touch after high school, it is obvious from tributes that John lived a life well-loved and filled his time with adventure and creativity. May his spirit live on through his family and his art. Condolences to the Bohner family.

  9. I remember the night we contacted the space shuttle via amateur radio. It was a highlight of my ham radio hobby. You will be missed.

  10. Our sympathies to Sharon and the Bohner Family. There are no words to lessen the sense of loss when a loved one leaves us. Just know that you are all in our thoughts at this difficult time. We hope your memories bring you some comfort.

  11. I went to Kemble School and UFA with John. He was a wonderful person, very nice and very kind. Much sympathy goes out from me to Sharon, Ryan and John’s sister. May he rest in peace.

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