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Longtime Salina highway department employee remembered

For 40 years, Terry "The Governor" Bohne was a fixture at the Salina highway department.

After he passed away April 12, he was honored in a way no one had been before.

"The family had asked if we could do something [for the funeral]," said Joel Lamb, a supervisor in the department. "So we had the snowplow and the service truck in the procession. We had the trucks lined up out in front of the garage with the lights flashing. The family was so into that."

"It was really overwhelming for us," said Bohne's daughter Rita Bush. "It was very emotional."

"They never did that for anyone before," said Dolores Bohne, Terry's widow. "He got a better sendoff than the real governor."

Terry Bohne succumbed to a heart ailment on April 12, the very day his retirement from the town was effective. He is survived by Dolores, his wife of some 40 years; two sons, Michael (Shawn) DiMura and Terry (Virginia) Bohne Jr.; daughter Rita (Jamie) Bush; mother Rita Bohne; four brothers, John, Ray, Dennis and Michael Bohne; sister Mary Smith; 14 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The nickname

Ever the dedicated employee, Terry, even in death, wanted to honor his position with the town.

"He asked to be buried in one of those ugly yellow highway department shirts we wear," Lamb said.

It was that devotion to his job that earned Bohne the nickname "The Governor."

"Everybody there has a nickname," said son-in-law Jamie Bush, who also works for the highway department. "Someone else had been The Governor, but when he retired, everyone decided Terry should take the title."

According to Lamb, at the end of shift every day, everyone would gather around Bohne and he would "hold court." The other employees would listen to him as if he were their supervisor, Bush added.

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