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Commercial Motors at 160 S. Commercial in downtown Aransas Pass began long before Walter Boehnke bought it 83 years ago in 1939, originally located a few blocks down the street in the area where The Blessings Shop is now. Boehnke moved here from Goliad and became the first in his family to establish a dealership that has since been passed on to the third generation, led today by grandson, Ronnie. Aransas Pass Progress

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In 1943, Boehnke moved Commercial Motors to its present location where it’s remained since. Courtesy: Commercial Motors

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Holding a piece of cherished company history, Ronnie shows off one of the family’s biggest honors, a letter from Henry Ford II expressing his appreciation to founder Walter Boehnke for his many years as a dedicated and successful Ford dealer. Courtesy: Commercial Motors

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When Hurricane Harvey ravaged much of Aransas Pass in August 2017, powerful winds imploded the oval Ford logo sign that stood outside the dealership. The Boehnke’s and their staff worked feverishly t o recover from the disaster, bringing in a 500-gallon fuel tank they pumped, rationing 5-gallons of gasoline for free to each person that came to them in long lines as residents sought aid to power chainsaws and generators in the aftermath. Courtesy: Commercial Motors

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Today, June 22nd, Ronnie and Rose Boehnke celebrate their 23rd wedding anniversary. They’d met in 3rd grade at H.T. Faulk Elementary School in Aransas Pass. He became affectionately known to her as ‘Opie’, and she was ‘Loretta Lynn’. In the Aransas Pass High School yearbook their Senior Class photos appear close together, laid out alphabetically. Her maiden name was Allen. Both had been married once and divorced before they would meet a second time, 17-years later, reuniting a bond that started in grade school. Aransas Pass Progress

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One of the few images of all three generations together, Walter (left), Ronnie (center) and his late father, Gary. Boehnke had hoped his son would want to be groomed to replace him when he retires someday, acknowledging that likely wouldn’t happen since he’s at Texas A&M in College Station pursuing a degree in corporate law. Courtesy: Commercial Motors

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When Boehnke’s grandfather Walter bought Commercial Motors in 1939 a World War was underway. Still, in 1943 he broke ground (holding shovel, center) for a new showroom, much of the original building still stands to this day. Courtesy: Commercial Motors

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