Lt. Col. Frank LeRoy Bohn, U.S. Air Force-retired, died March 23, 2010, at his home in Escazu, Costa Rica, at the age of 89, leaving a legacy of his dedication to the pursuit of knowledge, education, hard work and commitment to family.

He married Marian Elizabeth Duggan on Feb. 16, 1943. She passed away July 26, 1989. He married Alice Centeno Martin of San Jose, Costa Rica, on May 14, 1994.

Frank lived an amazing life. He was born to Fredrick and Hazel (Learned) Bohn in Hackensack, N.J., on May 9, 1920. He lived in New Jersey and in Rockland, Maine, most of his school years. He joined the Army Air Corps after Pearl Harbor was attacked. He became a fighter pilot during World War II, serving in the North Africa Campaign and protecting the Panama Canal. After World War II he lived in Rockland and worked as a fisherman. He was recalled to the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict and worked in base operation in Arizona, Texas, Iowa, Missouri, Massachusetts, Colorado, New York, Vietnam and New Mexico. While stationed at Falcon Field in Mesa, Ariz., he flew the early jets and wrote flight manuals for the new jet planes, as well as giving flight shows to the public. He was a precursor to the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. While stationed at Bent Waters Air Force Base in England with the 512th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, he served as operations officer. He was brought to the U.S. Air Force Academy to plan and implement the air field for cadet training. He retired from Kirtland Air Base in Albuquerque and resided in Albuquerque, N.M., and Costa Rica.

He was nicknamed the walking encyclopedia. He was able to accurately retrieve all types of information from 40 years ago to the present. He did extensive genealogical research. He was active in the 512th FIS reunions. He loved wood working, his pets, and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s activities.

Frank is survived by his wife, Alice Bohn; his children, Barbara (Greg) Canavan of Los Alamos, N.M., Marilyn (Tilford) Harp of Albuquerque, N.M., Kristi McHugh (Robert) of Prescott, Ariz., and Roy (Laura) Bohn of Los Alamos, N.M.; his grandchildren, John Canavan, Heather Canavan, Erik Harp, Adam Harp, Shawn McHugh and Jessie Bohn; his great-grandchildren, Saeble Harp and McKynah Harp; his sisters, Alice Veazie of Cambridge, Md., and Gloria (Frances) Lorette of Winthorp; his stepchildren, Christian Hangen, Ingrid (Jordi) Triquell and Erika (Edgardo) Gamboa; his step-grandchildren, Montserrat Triquell, Santiago Triquell, Rafael Aguilar, Javier Gamboa and Daniel Gamboa; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also predeceased by his sister, Hazel Wadsworth; and his parents, Frederick and Hazel (Learned) Bohn.

Frank leaves behind a far-reaching community of family and friends who cherished his wit, his stories of unusual life experiences, his gift of solving any problem, and his dedication to those he loved. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.

Burial was at Jardines del Recuerdo, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Memorial contributions may be made to a children’s or veteran’s charity in Frank’s name.