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Kevin Eugene Boblenz
Kevin Eugene BoblenzCorn FieldKevin Eugene Boblenz, 71, of New Bloomington passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loved ones on Thursday October 5, 2023.

Kevin, better known as Bo, was born to the late Robert and Martha Boblenz on April 17, 1952, in Marion. Kevin married the love of his life, Janice (Landon) Boblenz on June 23, 1974 in Green Camp. They spent their entire life creating a world of love through their three children, family, and friends.

Bo went right out of college to become a teacher at Ridgemont High School for 30 years. Here he became a coach for the Ridgemont Gophers for many years. During his agricultural teachings, he became a mentor to hundreds of students who would walk the hallways. Many of these students became some of his favorite people throughout the decades. After retirement, he kept his love of farming and the world of show pigs to the top of his day-to-day adventures. It was no surprise to catch him on the phone with any one of his friends talking about what was the next big thing. He would spend his days talking or going on adventures with many of his best friends but no more than his grandson, Mason.

On the days he had downtime, you would always find him at his home watching baseball, basketball, and most importantly football. Ohio State football was never missed. If by chance there weren’t sports on, he would always tell you the best thing was Westerns.

Bo was so proud to be a family man. His biggest pride was the family that he and his wife created. He is survived by his wife Janice, their children Matthew (Megan) Boblenz, Jennifer (Eric) Clark, and Nikki (Marty) Morgan, all of New Bloomington. His grandchildren; Mason (Sidney) Clark, Madison (Collin) Rollison, Braelynn Bails, Bo Morgan, Emily (Ben) Kibler, Eric Hesson, and Garret (Jalaya) Hesson. Bo was also blessed with watching his family extend to his great-grandchildren, Ryker, Wyatt, Addilyn, Jayce, Jadelyn, and the last bundle of joy Dani. Bo is survived by his two brothers, Craig (P.J.) Boblenz of Espyville and Gary (Becky McKinley) Boblenz of New Bloomington. Along with many extended family and friends, Bo leaves behind his good friend Greg Edmonstone.
The Boblenz family was beyond grateful that they were blessed to have Kevin as their patriarch for 71 years.  

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday October 11, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue. Pastor Tanyce Addison will officiate, burial will follow in the Agosta Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 3 to 7 at the funeral home in LaRue.

Donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

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#1 from: William Ballinger
Clio, CA
Fri, Oct 6, 2023 at 12:58 PM

Bo was as nice as anyone I’ve ever known. During our early years he was a fierce competitor on the grid iron and our practices most often left me with lots of bruises and headaches as I was required to attempt to block him. I loved lining up beside him on Friday nights. He remained the same lovable and happy guy thought out his life. I’ll always treasure one of my last visits with him on his farm. Simply put Bo was Salt of the Earth.

#2 from: Celeste McGregor
Ridgeland, Mississippi
Fri, Oct 6, 2023 at 2:49 PM

May God wrap each and everyone of you in his loving arms during this journey of grief.  Kevin is and always will be the example every man should inspire to be as a husband, father, son, and grandfather.  He made you feel loved and special and always made you laugh with a tale or saying he had.  May each of you carry on his legacy and always keep his memory alive with your good deeds of kindness to all.  God bless you all, I wish I could be there but know I will be thinking and praying for you.  Love -Celeste

#3 from: Tami and Kevin Galliway
Fri, Oct 6, 2023 at 3:34 PM

So sorry for your family’s loss. Hugs and prayers.

#4 from: Korey Heiselman
Columbus OH
Fri, Oct 6, 2023 at 4:07 PM

Kevin was always there to support the Comets! My family always looked forward to seeing and talking to the Boblenz family! So many laughs and good lessons from Kevin. He will always be loved and missed.

#5 from: Greg and Tami Johnson and Family
Kenton, Ohio
Fri, Oct 6, 2023 at 4:46 PM

To Jan and family, You have my family’s deepest sympathies.  I worked with Bo at Ridgemont for several years.  Those years being around Bo made working at the school a very enjoyable time. I will always remember the great fun we had at the Vo Ag basketball games, the trips to the Farm Science Review and state conventions.  I will never forget the conversations we had all them years or the pranks we did to each other.  Bo had a great sense of humor and I will always remember his big smile and wonderful laugh.  Bo truly made everybody feel good and the students adored him so much.He was  kind and caring  to all and he will be greatly missed.  Thank you Bo for being a part of my life!  You made my life richer. Rest in peace my friend, Go Bucks!  Greg Johnson and Family

#6 from: Bj Elsasser
Findlay Ohio
Fri, Oct 6, 2023 at 4:59 PM

Bo was a wonderful man and an amazing teacher he taught us young men so many valuable life lessons on top of everything else he always took time when he didn’t have to helping us through not only school issues but life issues as well my heart goes out to the family  he will be missed but we will never forget him

#7 from: Megan Landon
Seattle, WA
Fri, Oct 6, 2023 at 5:55 PM

Sending my sincerest condolences. Uncle Kevin was always a kind and warm person. He will be greatly missed.

#8 from: Rita Lou Rubeck Headington Parker
Fri, Oct 6, 2023 at 7:11 PM

My sincere condolences to Kevin's family.  I have fond memories of the Boblenz brothers - Kevin, Craig, and Gary - during my time at Elgin High School.  Never forget the good times spent together and always treasure the memories.  Rita Rubeck Headington, Elgin School District Media Specialist 1965-1996

#9 from: Tim  Shoffner
444 N. High street Mt.Victory Ohio
Fri, Oct 6, 2023 at 7:27 PM

To the Boblenz family,Bo was the greatest person and coach with Mr. Mars mama the two of the where the best. He was my teacher and my sons. There will be no other person like him. You know that you are blessed to know him.

#10 from: Christine Jeffers
Mount Victory
Fri, Oct 6, 2023 at 7:46 PM

Jan and Family, What a difference Bo made in my life, my family's lives and the lives of countless others.  He understood innately who needed help and did whatever he could to help students and others.  I am positive you will hear countless stories about him. My family and I are sad with you. May God keep you in his arms during this difficult time. The Jordan and Jeffers Families.

#11 from: Tim Smith
Fri, Oct 6, 2023 at 8:10 PM

I have great memories with Bo during my time at Ridgemont. He was always a "kid first" teacher. He taught me a lot about teaching and I always knew I could trust his advice. Jan an I had many great times at RHS and he was a part of most of them. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Boblenz family. RIP Bo. Tim and Jan Smith

Fri, Oct 6, 2023 at 8:17 PM


#13 from: Evelyn Dix Porter
Dahlonega, GA
Fri, Oct 6, 2023 at 8:51 PM

Craig, I was so sad to read of Kevin’s passing.  I have many fond memories of him at your house, school, and  running around with Steve. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

#14 from: cathy stover
Fri, Oct 6, 2023 at 9:19 PM

So sorry for your loss he was a great guy and will be missed dearly

#15 from: Michael D Jenner
New Bloomington
Fri, Oct 6, 2023 at 9:38 PM

Kevin was a wonderful example of how to be: Laid back, easy going and who could ever forget that big smile not to mention how much he cared about others. Our prayers are with Jan and all of the family.

#16 from: Tim Harder
Lake Puckaway, Wisconsin
Fri, Oct 6, 2023 at 10:07 PM

Words can not express my gratitude for BO and the life opportunities he gave me. My fondest memory of BO was; the day I signed my Letter of Intent to play football at University of Cincinnati. I was a young, dumb kid who didn't realize the importance. BO did. He was so excited. It took me years to realize, less than 1% of High School boys play division I football. BO knew. BO worked hours to market me and get me that opportunity for a scholarship and an education. I wasn't that good. BO s opportunity led to a Masters Degree, a successful career, many life experiences and memories.That young, dumb kid could of never imagined. BO knew the importance of that one day. For that, I will forever love him.

#17 from: The Duttons
Sat, Oct 7, 2023 at 4:24 AM

Thru the years we realize time has just past so quickly.But thinking of you in this time. You are always in our 💕. So sorry for your loss. C.Dutton Family

#18 from: Paula Lusetti
Sat, Oct 7, 2023 at 7:46 AM

Craig, I’m so sorry to hear about your brother. Please know that I am thinking of you and your family Paula Capell Lusetti

#19 from: Rita Moran- Flory & Ralph Moran
Sat, Oct 7, 2023 at 8:22 AM

My brother Ralph and I both offer our condolences to the family.  Ralph rembers some hot day's putting up hay with the Boblenz's when we were all so very young.

#20 from: Julie Daily (Lyon)
Davenport Florida
Sat, Oct 7, 2023 at 8:25 AM

Jan I am so sorry for your loss my prayers and condolences to you and your family.

#21 from: Ramon Kennedy
Sat, Oct 7, 2023 at 8:26 AM

condolences to Kevin's entire family. Bo was one reason I taught at Ridgemont for 35 years. I am sure my first year there I showed more vo ag movies than he did. Speaking of vo ag Ridgemont has a fantastic program and Kevin Boblenz is the foundation that was build on. Bo will be missed.

#22 from: Rick and Brenda Howell
Sat, Oct 7, 2023 at 9:07 AM

Our deepest sympathy to Jan and the entire Boblenz family. Kevin's smile and warm heartedness was always there and will always be remembered.  May God bring you peace and comfort.

#23 from: Alicia Williams & Family
Sat, Oct 7, 2023 at 9:50 AM

Our most heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all. We wish you healing, peace and comfort. I hope you feel surrounded by so much love. We are so sorry for your loss.

#24 from: Steve & Karen Kirby) Smith
Sat, Oct 7, 2023 at 10:15 AM

Janice - So sorry to learn of Kevin's passing. Our sympathies to you & your family.

#25 from: Doug Moury
Sat, Oct 7, 2023 at 11:03 AM

Sending our condolences, prayers and support from afar. We Love the Boblenz family! RIP Kevin! The west coast Moury's

#26 from: Steve Newsome
Braxton County, WV
Sat, Oct 7, 2023 at 11:59 AM

No words can adequately express the devastating loss of your beloved husband and father Kevin. He was one of the most special men I have known. Teacher, coach, farmer and businessman. Kevin had many talents and still managed to be a humble and likable person. I always admired him during our friendship of more than 50 years. He had an amazing number of friends who know him and loved him just as I did. My heartfelt condolences to his loving family. Newk

#27 from: Leo 2005 exchange student from Ukraine
Kenton OH
Sat, Oct 7, 2023 at 12:04 PM

“Mr Bo”, as I called him, was a great man and a good teacher. I was an exchange student at Ridgemont High in 2004-2005 and took his VoAg class. Not only did he teach me to appreciate farming (I was a city kid). But he also gave me a memorable tour of his vast farm where I got meet his lovely family. We stayed in touch over FB. So his influence truly reached across oceans. My sincere condolences to his family. ~Leo S.

#28 from: RD 'Doug' Bowling
Sat, Oct 7, 2023 at 12:33 PM

Sorry to hear of Kevin's passing. He was one of the nicest guys I remember from our Elgin days. May God's Peace be with Kevin's family, friends and loved ones.

#29 from: bev bayles
Sat, Oct 7, 2023 at 1:16 PM

jan and family know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

#30 from: Bruiser & Family
Mount victory
Sat, Oct 7, 2023 at 1:54 PM

So sorry for your family loss. He was one a kind personality,Teacher,Coach and Mentor.

#31 from: Doug & Lorie Patton
Sat, Oct 7, 2023 at 2:12 PM

So sorry for the loss of your loving husband, brother, and father. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this most difficult time! Treasure all the wonderful memories you have shared.

#32 from: Norma (White) & Rob Jackson
19075 Speck Road-Tippecanoe, OH
Sun, Oct 8, 2023 at 9:05 AM

Our love and prayers go out to each of you—may your memories help to soothe the pain in your hearts-with much sympathy-Norma and Rob

#33 from: Dave and Vicky Wright
Sun, Oct 8, 2023 at 10:34 AM

Our thoughts and prayers,are with Jan and all of your family🙏🙏.The Wright Family.

#34 from: Gloria Prettyman Boles
Lakeview, OH
Sun, Oct 8, 2023 at 10:52 AM

Janice, Craig, Gary & families:  so sorry to read about Kevin. Everytime I talked with him, I couldn't help but think how much he was like his mother, soft spoken, kind, caring, warm & loving. Always thinking of others. May God be with all of you, at this difficult time & in the days to follow.

#35 from: Stacia Ramge-Evans
Margaree Harbour, Nova Scotia
Sun, Oct 8, 2023 at 6:23 PM

Mr. Boblenz was a wonderful person.  He brought a lot to our high school years.  I will never forget his laughter!

#36 from: Dixie Waite
Danville, Ohio
Sun, Oct 8, 2023 at 7:25 PM

I send love and prayers to Kevin's family and thank him for sharing his beautiful and wonderful wife, Janice, with us as all of at JAG Healthcare Marion as we have worked with her for many years.  She continues to be a much loved and appreciated leader of our facility team.  Kevin certainly was the light of the life of his family and I heard many great and wonderful things about him from Janice.  His family will miss him more than words can ever say.  I pray for peace for all his family as they continue going through life.  Kevin gave them a marvelous foundation to build life on.

#37 from: Jack Scanlin
Lowell Kansas
Sun, Oct 8, 2023 at 7:53 PM

I am sorry to hear about your loss he is a great man. Kenny still talks about him. Take care and God Bless

#38 from: Lorna Edmonstone
Sauble Beach Ontario Canada
Sun, Oct 8, 2023 at 9:20 PM

Jan and family Frank @I would like to extend our deepest sympathy so sorry to hear of Bo’s passing. Even though we only met Bo a few times we know he was a fine man and was a wonderful mentor to our son. I know there will be a great void in your family but I’m sure you have many wonderful memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.  Frank @ Lorna Edmonstone

#39 from: Ed & Donna Welch
Mon, Oct 9, 2023 at 6:36 AM

Jan, So sorry for your loss. Donna and I have fond memories of our days with you and Bo at Elgin and in the summers at NC ball camp. Bo was a good man and good friend. He will be missed dearly. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

#40 from: JJ Appelfeller
Fort Worth, Texas
Mon, Oct 9, 2023 at 5:24 PM

I can't believe Kevin is gone. I haven't seen him since graduation but have always considered a great person. Rest in Peace Friend.

#41 from: Beverly A. Staley
Tue, Oct 10, 2023 at 9:09 PM

So enjoyed working with Bo and all our Golden Gophers. Bo was always a mentor and a blessing to students and staff. Love and God's continued comfort to your beautiful family and friends. Bo truly touched the hearts of countless individuals.💞

#42 from: Ned Bumgarner
Tue, Oct 10, 2023 at 10:27 PM

50 years ago a little kid showed up on the football field for practice.  His older brother Craig said he will be ok .. he has a lot of fight in him…He proved he did… he made varsity…. He had a good attitude and was well respected by the team.  My deepest condolences to his family.  He was one of the great ones.

#43 from: Joe Eckstein
Wed, Oct 11, 2023 at 4:47 PM

I have had the absolute pleasure of being with, not just Kevin, but the Boblenz crew for the past couple of years as their Schwan man. Kevin was by far one of my favorite people to stop and visit with, he not only showed me so much kindness, but my daughter as well. I always enjoy going and just enjoying his company. I will very sadly miss him so much. I feel for and cry right alongside with the family. I apologize I couldn’t make it to pay my deepest respects for him today, but I will love him and miss him as my own family.

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