Pvt.Willmott D. Bohnke, 20-year old root township young man, died early this morning at the U.S. Army hospital at Fort Hood Tex.
The young soldier died of head injuries which resulted from an automoble accident on highway 440 near Ft. Hood , according to meager reports received here today by relatives. A telegram was received late Wednesday telling the family that the youth was in critical condition and the wire telling of his death was received today while a brother, Lehnford Bohnke, was preparing to go to Texas. State police said his auto rolled over several times after the soldier apperently failed to make a turn in the highway.
The youthful soldier enlisted in the army April 13, 1953 and was sent to Frot Lewis Wash. for basic training and was transfered to Fort Hood last November.
He was born in Decatur Indiana March 18, 1933, a son of Herman W. and Louise Bienz-Bohnke. Both parents are deceased. The youth made his home with a grandmother, Mrs. Emma Bohnke of Root township, and was engaged in farming with his uncle Alvin Bohnke before entering the service. He is survived by his grandmother and the brother Lehnford.
The young veteran was a member of St. Peters Lutheran church.Burial will be in the church cemetery with the Rev. F.W. Droegmueller officiting. Adams Post 43 American Legion will conduct military rites.