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Gene Harlan Bohnee

12/20/1965 - 07/14/2016
Service Date: 07/23/2016
Service Time: 7:00 AM
Service Location: Mesquite Cemetery, Stotonic Village, District 4, Gila River Indian Community

Gene Harlan Bohnee (Dawuqtsi – Sweet Corn), 50, a resident of Chandler, AZ, O’odham/Hopi, and a member of the Gila River Indian Community was called to his heavenly home on July 14, 2016. He was born December 20, 1965 in Phoenix, Arizona.

He is survived by his fiancé, Josie Gaisthea, his parents Ruth and Harlan Bohnee, his brother Gary, sisters Kay, Jean, and Elizabeth, and many relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Ruth and Eugene Bohnee and his maternal grandparents Amy and Reverend Daniel Schirmer.

Gene had a genuine passion for life, love for others, caring, giving, and kind to all. He had a special heart for the elderly and children. This zest for life touched many people. He was an all-around handyman and self-taught artist and chef which he enjoyed sharing most with family and friends. He also loved sports, particularly auto racing and golf. He will be greatly missed.

Visitation and funeral service will be held on Friday, July 22, 2016, from 6-8 PM at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa. Graveside service and internment will take place on Saturday, July 23 at 7 AM at Mesquite Cemetery, Stotonic Village, District 4, Gila River Indian Community.


  • Harlan, Ruth and Gary: I was sorry to hear of the loss of your son and brother. My parents buried a daughter and I lost my sister at the age of 54, so I am familiar with the heavy heart and feeling of lost opportunities when a person dies so young. My thoughts are with you and the extended family.

  • Elaine Torch Bearer Ryder

    My heart aches yet remembers the good times when he very young . And I remember the special times with Gene and Gary. I loved them so much. Being very athletic. And funny. Gene loved my mom and dad so much. I remember two things thing he said to me. Auntie . One thing I want to be like her, and be a good cook like her, I want to tell people about Jesus. So she ,Amy and Daniel and his other grand parents, Ugene and Ruth welcomed him home , the Greatest was when Jesus took him by the hand . I will miss him here. . May Jesus continue to hold and walk with Josie and and family. Love, Auntie and family.!

  • Gene & Jeanette Cline

    We are so saddened to hear of loss of Gene to your family.
    Memories go back many years to Kyrene Jr. High and Corona Del Sol H. S.
    when our kids were in school together.
    Sending our love, prayers and condolences to you-Ruth, Harlan and family.
    Jeanette & Gene Cline
    Jeanelle Cline Shaw(England) also sends her sympathy and love to you.

  • To Mr. Bohnee’s family, I’m very sorry for your loss, and I wanted to offer you some comfort that I’ve found in the Bible. Isaiah 25:8 says “God will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces.” I hope this promise from God brings you some comfort and strength.

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