Nathan Gene Bihlmaier


July 29, 1980 - May 20, 2012

Nathan Gene Bihlmaier of Cambridge, MA, passed away unexpectedly May 20, 2012, in Portland, ME, four days before he was to graduate from Harvard Business School. He was 31.

Nate was born July 29, 1980, in Beloit, KS, to Steve and Cheryl Bihlmaier. An impossibly gregarious individual from the get-go, he grew up in the small farming community of Osborne, KS, with his younger brother Matt. Named class valedictorian, Nate graduated from Osborne High School in 1999 and took his talents to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where he was awarded the prestigious Summerfield scholarship and graduated with high honors, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2003. He went on to pursue a career in healthcare information technology, and through his work he met Nancy Ho of Houston, TX. More than a promising young couple, they were best friends, and with tremendous joy they were married Jan. 8, 2011.

Nate's relentless desire to change the world brought him to Harvard Business School, where he was embraced by a community of fearless leaders like him and would work toward a Master of Business Administration as a member of the Class of 2012.

He had many passions in life, among them skiing the slopes of the Colorado Rockies; reveling in his love of music with anyone willing to lend an ear; his family, with whom he would share golf tee times, the thrill of an angler's catch, and an incomparable zest for life; his wife, affectionately referred to as "the Boss"; and his child, his "mini-me," who will come into the world with more love than anyone ever has known.

Nate is survived by his wife Nancy and their unborn child of Cambridge, MA; parents Steve and Cheryl Bihlmaier of Osborne; brother Matt and his wife Jenn Bihlmaier of Lenexa, KS; paternal grandmother Betty Bihlmaier of Osborne; and paternal grandfather Gene and his wife Peggy Bihlmaier of Salina, KS. He also leaves behind his uncle Doug, aunt Kathy, and cousins Jesse and Haley Bihlmaier, all of Darien, CT.  Nate also is survived by his great uncle and aunt Doyle and Gwen Cook and cousins of Great Bend, KS; extended family; and countless others who loved him.

A private burial will be held in Osborne, and a Celebration of Life will be held on June 2, 2012 at 2 PM at the St. Aloysius Parish Hall in Osborne. Friends are welcome to share lunch with the family at 12 PM before the Celebration. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Nate Bihlmaier Memorial Fund, established for educational purposes, at The Farmers Bank of Osborne, 102 W. Main, Osborne, KS 67473.

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