Ronald Eugene Bohn

Shop Owner

Ronald Eugene Bohn, 69, who owned and operated Ron's Speed Shop in Springfield for 28 years, died of emphysema May 31 at Potomac Hospital.

Mr. Bohn was born and grew up in Harrisburg, Pa. He joined the Navy as a young man and served as boatswain mate aboard the aircraft carrier Coral Sea from 1952 to 1956.

During the mid-1960s, he enjoyed drag racing with his friends in the Accelerators car club in Alexandria.

In 1971, Mr. Bohn opened his shop in Springfield. His son, Jason Bohn, said the speed shop was more than a parts store.

"It became a social gathering place for racers and street rodders reminiscent of an old-fashioned barbershop. You could always go to Ron's for coffee, sage advice and hours of storytelling," said Jason Bohn of Virginia Beach.

Through the years, Mr. Bohn could be found at the local racetrack every Saturday night helping drivers get their cars dialed in for competition.

After retiring in 1999, Mr. Bohn embraced model railroading. He and his wife spent many hours working together on the elaborate setup and scenery.

Mr. Bohn also enjoyed editing old home movies into video albums to preserve and share family memories.

Surviving in addition to his son, Jason, are his wife, Julie B. Bohn of Woodbridge; a daughter, Korie L. Bohn of Woodbridge; two brothers, William Bohn of Lake of the Woods, Va., and Richard Bohn of Kansas City, Kan.; a sister, Sandy Gavin of Boonesboro, Md.; and two grandchildren.