Friday evening, July 24, 2015, as a part of the Sugar Grove Corn Boil 2015 festivities, Sean Michels, Village President and Sally McClellan, Chamber President announced the awarding of the 2015 Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year, posthumously, to Bob Bohler. Recently deceased, Bob was nominated by colleagues, neighbors, and friends.  They cheered from the lawn, as Bob’s family graciously accepted the award, and joined Michels, and those present among previous award recipients in front of the main stage:

2014 Wayne Parson
2013 Joe Didier
2012 Helen Jorgensen
2011 Lil Adams
2010 Beverly Holmes Hughes
2009 Jim Wilhelm
2008 Karen McCannon
2007 Joe Wolf
2006 Pat Graceffa
2005 Karen Pritchard
2004 Arnie and Byrel Liefheit
2003 David Seraphin
2002 Kevin Tindall
2001 Delmar and Ruth Krieghbaum
2000 Stan Anderson
1999 Chris Dayvolt
1998 Terry Siebert

A 28 year resident, Bob and his wife Sandy raised their family and were involved in many Sugar Grove activities and organizations.  Bob’s family includes his children, Corey (Julie) Bohler and family, Brooke (William) Damm and family, and Adam Bohler.  He was also very proud and supportive of his loving grandchildren, Madison and Olivia. 

Bob was a trustee for the Village of Sugar Grove for 18 years. He was always active in the community and volunteering. He coached almost every sport, from tee ball to soccer, was past president of the Sugar Grove Lions Club, was proud of the patents he held as a lighting designer and was committed to the annual Sugar Grove Corn Boil, particularly the fireworks and the music he choreographed for them. 

Comments regarding Bob’s nomination include; “His long, and treasured service to the village board, made it obvious Bob had the best interests of the village as a priority”, “Bob’s dedication to the Sugar Grove Corn Boil and the Lions Club fireworks show was top notch”, “I’ve always known him to be a honest, righteous man who did his best for the community.  He was always a pleasure to work with because even during sometimes heated discussions, Bob always remained level-headed and professional”, “It is a person such as Bob, who has the spirit to do the best they can to make the community of Sugar Grove a great place” and “He dedicated many, many hours to the Sugar Grove community.  I am very proud to call Robert “Bob” Bohler my friend and I proudly nominate him for Citizen of the Year”.

Truly, Bob Bohler exemplified the spirit of what makes Sugar Grove a great place to live and do business.

Established in 1998 by the Village of Sugar Grove and the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry as an annual recognition program, “Citizen of the Year” is intended to recognize, from among the nominations, the selected individual or group, which this year best exemplifies that pioneering spirit which helps our village grow and prosper. The Village of Sugar Grove and the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry appreciate the involvement of the many people and local businesses that help recognize the Citizen of the Year recipient.

Local supporters and contributors to the Citizen of the Year include:
Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Village of Sugar Grove, Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, American Tree and Turf, Inc., Open Range Southwest Grill, Sugar Grove Herald/Elburn Herald, Glancer Magazine, Bliss Creek Golf Course, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove Library Friends, Sugar Grove Farmer’s Market, Sean Michels family, Ted Koch family and Mari Johnson family.