William Michael Bohler, 65, Ruskin, Fla., died suddenly, Feb. 21, 2008, at Blake Medical Center, Bradenton, Fla.
He was born May 17, 1942, in Brazil, to Cecil "Slim" and Virginia Bohler, now of Ruskin, Fla.
Mike, as he was known to friends and family, joined the U.S. Air Force at the age of 18. He graduated from Staunton High School and first served in the military for 20 years.
Then, he received his Master's in teaching from Indiana State University.
He then worked for the federal government for 19-and-a-half years.
He had his commercial pilot's license and loved to fly small airplanes. He was an instructor at Brown's Flying School, Terre Haute.
He loved to travel and traveled all over the United States and overseas for work and pleasure.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Mary Ann, his children, Christopher Bohler and his wife, Erin, Tirzah Hazzard and her husband, Steve, Kymberly King and her husband, Karl, and Karen Moore and her husband, Shawn, his parents, two brothers, David Bohler and wife Peggy, and James Bohler and wife Nancy, one sister, Nancy, nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, several cousins, nieces and nephews and friends all over the world.
In lieu of flowers, the family decided to ask for donations to Otts off leash dog park, which are being accepted in care of The Ruskin Animal Hospital, 715 S. Tamiami Trail, Ruskin, Fla., 33570.
Call 813-645-6411 for The Bohler Memorial Fund.