Robert H. (Bob) Bohna, well-known owner of Sonoma Truck and Auto for more than three decades, passed away Thursday, Jan. 21, at the age of 85.
Active in Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley for many years, he participated in many of the club's civic fund-raising projects and frequently donated cars for raffles and auctions. Known by some of his friends as "Sonoma Bob," he was a regular at many country-western dance venues.
Steve Luther, a local sponsor of dances and dance classes, said of Bohna this week, "He always kept the girls dancing and laughing. Bob truly bridged the generations with humor and friendliness. He will be greatly missed by his family and dancing friends." Bohna was also a fighter pilot in World War II, a genuine war hero, and recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. After the war he became a commercial airline pilot, before retiring and moving to Sonoma to open his auto dealership.
Luther cited a statement from Bohna, quoted in an article on his life, as indicative of why he continued to work well past the age when most people retire: "When I was flying for the airlines, I noticed the pilots who retired early were dead within 10 years. You want to stay healthy, you got to stay busy. If I can no longer fly like I used to, at least I can be around what I love, besides planes, and that's cars; but pretty girls run a close second."