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Obituary: Thomas A. Bohlsen, Greenwood

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Thomas A. Bohlsen

Thomas A. Bohlsen of Greenwood entered perfect rest in his home office on Dec. 22, 2012.

Teacher, coach, athletic administrator and travel guide, Tom was a mentor to many.

He was born on Aug. 3, 1935, the only child of Ethel Marie (Breysacher) Bohlsen of Indianapolis and Thomas G. Bohlsen of Indianapolis.

He attended P.S. 38 in Indianapolis and graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in 1953. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hanover College in 1957 and later acquired a Master of Arts degree from Indiana University.

Tom married Beth Parent of New Haven on July 11, 1959. Tom and Beth spent their one-year honeymoon teaching in a Christian mission school in Tehran, Iran, from 1959 to 1960.

In Indiana, Tom taught and coached at the following high schools: Patriot, Booneville, Fairland, Franklin, Southport and Perry Meridian, retiring in 1992.

In 1998, Tom became the first commissioner of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, retiring from this position July 1, 2008.

Some of Tom’s other achievements include co-founding the Midwest Meet of Champions (Fort Wayne, 1974) and the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon (1977); refereeing the Division 2 National Football Championship; serving as a track starter for the Pan-Am Games in Indianapolis (1987) and the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials (1988).

Tom started high school and college track meets throughout the Midwest beginning in 1955 and refereed high school and college football starting in 1961, introducing the “crew” concept to football officiating, and installing the first all-weather track in the Midwest in Franklin in the 1960s.

He served as the NFL game clock keeper for the Indianapolis Colts franchise from 1984 to 2009.

Tom is survived by his wife Beth; one son, T. Tad (Vicki) Bohlsen; one daughter, Nan (Jon) Dill; and his dearly loved grandchildren, Grace (14), Abe (12) and Rose (8) Bohlsen, and Noah (14), Jonah (12) and Ethan (9) Dill; and two grand-dogs.

Calling will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St., Greenwood. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 5 at Greenwood Middle School South Gym, 523 S. Madison Ave., Greenwood, with calling preceding the memorial service from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, also at the Greenwood Middle School South Gym.

Tom will buried at Rocklane Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Tom’s family is requesting donations to the Hanover College Athletic Department, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, or the charity of your choice.

All arrangements being handled by Wilson St. Pierre, Greenwood Chapel; see www.wilsonstpierre.com for complete information and updates.

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