Duane "Sparky" L. Bohnstedt
February 18, 1924 - December 10, 2016
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A private committal will be held for Sparky at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Port Charlotte, Florida, where he will be laid to rest with his wife Betty.


In lieu of flowers, memorials in Sparky’s name are suggested to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, 3760 Fowler Street, Ft. Myers, FL 33901, or…

Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida

…the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County, FL Inc., 3519 Drance Street, Port Charlotte, FL 33980, or a charity of your choice.

Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County, FL Inc.

Duane L. “Sparky” Bohnstedt, 92, of Punta Gorda, Florida, passed away at the Life Care Center of Punta Gorda on Saturday, December 10, 2016, after becoming ill on the 19th of August 2016. Duane, or Sparky, as he was known, was born on February 18, 1924, in Beatrice, Nebraska, to the late Duane Townsend and…

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Kara Lyn Bohnstedt left a message on May 17, 2018:
Daddy I miss you and Mom every second of everyday. It is so hard to go on without you guys. I would give up everything for one more hug and one more I love you. I love and miss you both always and forever and forever and always. I'm so proud to be your daughter. Kara and Bella
Kara Lyn Bohnstedt left a message on June 18, 2017:
Happy Father's Day Daddy!!!!! I miss you and Mom every second of everyday. Today is another first without you as is everyday of this first year without you. I'm learning I'm stronger than I ever thought I was. I learned that from you and Mom. I just miss you guys so much and would do anything to get you back. I hope you are with Mom, my girls, and the rest of the family. I love and miss you guys so much....I LOVE BOTH ALWAYS AND FOREVER. Your loving daughter Kara and Bella cat too.
Candee Hoff left a message on April 12, 2017:
Let me first say that I am so sorry for your loss. I never knew your dad, but just finished reading a report on his Brinton family research, a wonderful synopsis of his findings on the Brinton/Brampton family. In researching the early Brinton's I discovered a piece that he would have been delighted to find. The youngest daughter of Bryant and Jane Burns Brinton, Jane Brinton Wright lived to be enumerated in the 1880 census. The 1880 census is the first census that gives the birthplace of parents. Jane stated (at 84 years old) that her father (Bryant Brinton) was born in England and her mother (Jane Burns) was born in Ireland. This falls in line with what your dad had been saying all along. He had been looking for concrete documentation that the Brintons of Kentucky did not descend from the Pennsylvania Brintons, but from the English Briar Brampton aka Bryant Brinton. I would love to correspond with anyone in your family who is following up on your dad's research. I am so sorry I wasn't in time to correspond with him before he passed.
Kara Lyn Bohnstedt left a message on January 26, 2017:
Daddy everyday is a first without you. I have somehow managed to survive my first Christmas Eve and Christmas without you and it didn't even feel like Christmas. I have talked to many of the people's lives you touched and what a help you were to them on different projects, along with Mom's help, and everyone describes you a an incredibly wonderful person who helped them so much, whethern it was people you used to work with at Design Staff, 460th people, or antique car people and I have learned even more about you than I already knew. So many people sent cards and condolences it was overwhelming. Now, as it is just a few days to my my birthday, I miss not having you and Mom with me so very much. We always talked about my birth and how me being your daughter added so much to your lives....minus my teenage years. I'm sharing this birthday with you Daddy and as always I ordered a buttercream frosting, yellow cake and celebrating both our birthdays together with the cake reading Happy Birthday Daddy and Kara since our birthdays were so close and I'll do the same in July for Mom and Bella. Your birthday is a great day to me because it was the day you were born and because of your birth I was blessed with the greatest, most wonderful, talented Daddy who could fix anything but a broken heart, just like you told me when I was a little girl and broke something, (actually many, many things) I could ever have been given just like I was blessed that you married the greatest most wonderful woman who would later become my mom. My prayer is you are together again in Heaven free of all the health issues that took over your bodies. Please send me a message through the Angels that you are together again for eternity. And don't forget to remember: I will love you both ALWAYS and FOREVER. Your proud and loving daughter. K
Kara Lyn Bohnstedt left a message on December 26, 2016:
Daddy it has been16 days since you left me and Bella cat and we love and miss you so much. Happy 68 Anniversary to you and Mom. I love you both always and forever and am so proud and honored to be your daughter. Love you forever and always Daddy.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Kara Lyn.Bohnstedt left a message on December 26, 2016:
Happy Anniversary Daddy and Mom. I can't believe you left me 16 days ago.I miss you and Mom more than anything. I know someday we will be reunited again. I just miss you so very much. Remember always and forever I love you. I'm very proud and honored to be your daughter. I thank you and Mom for all you taught and gave me. I carry you both in my heart and memories. My faith in God, Jack and Kathy, my beloved friends and extended family will help me through this. You fought for 113 days and now you are finally at peace. Always and forever I love and miss you my Daddy.
Kara Lyn Bohnstedt left a message on December 26, 2016:
Oh Daddy I miss you more than any words could ever say. You meant everything in the world to me and now that your gone I feel so lost and alone but I know my faith in God and my loving friends, Jack and Kathy, and my extended family will get me through this. I look at this as a temporary separation until we are all reunited again Remember Daddy I love you ALWAYS AND FOREVER
Kara Lyn Bohnstedt left a message on December 26, 2016:
Happy Anniversary Momand Daddy!! I love and miss you both more than you could ever imagine. God blessed me with the greatest parent's anyone could ever have. You are missed by so many but none more than me. You two were my everything and I feel so empty inside. You gave me so much and that is a lot to miss. I am so very proud and honored to be your daughter. You are together now and someday we will all be together again. I carry you in my heart and memories everyday. I love you both forever and always. I can't believe Daddy you have been gone 16 days. It seems like forever. Now your suffering has ended and mine has begun. I love you always a d forever Daddy don't forget that
Kara Lyn Bohnstedt left a message on December 26, 2016:
JANET (JAN) KNOWLES left a message on December 25, 2016:
This note is for Kara. I am so sorry to learn of Sparky's passing although I believe he led a good and full life. Sparky was my first cousin and although we had not seen each other for many, many years...I remember visits in Colorado with Uncle Duane and Aunt Evelyn when Sparky was an adolescent/teenager. He was constantly sketching...especially drawings of his favorite artistic subject and namesake...Sparkplug. Uncle Duane was the older brother of my father, Preston. My best to you. Should you ever find yourself in the Salem, Oregon vicinity, please call me. I am listed. Best wishes during this difficult time. Cousin Janet
Thomas Bohnstedt left a message on December 20, 2016:
Duane L. "Sparky" Bohnstedt was a loving husband and father, as well as a benefactor to the entire, extended Bohnstedt family in America, for the research work he did on our origins. He will be missed, and honored.
Thomas Bohnstedt left a message on December 20, 2016:
Duane L. "Sparky" Bohnstedt wI'll be missed, by his loving daughter, Kara, and by the Bohnstedt clan in the United States.
Roberson Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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