Robert L. “Bob” Bolton, 91, of Hamilton, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at Unity Point Health in Keokuk, Iowa.
Bob was born on August 12, 1928, in Sonora Township, Illinois, the son of Paul and Nellie (Dighton) Bolton. On April 6, 1951, he was united in marriage to Alice Jeanne “AJ” Troutvetter. She preceded him in death on October 7, 2015.
A lifelong resident of rural Hamilton, Bob was also a lifelong farmer and member of Golden’s Point Christian Church. He served on the Harmony Mutual Insurance board of directors in Carthage for over forty years. Bob was a hard-working man with a quiet sense of humor. He enjoyed his daily routine, and always wanted to keep busy by making himself useful. In his later years, Bob spent hundreds of hours mowing roadside ditches with his tractor. Bob also proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
Bob is survived by two sons: Jim (Debbie) Bolton of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Steve (Debbie) Bolton of Hamilton; two daughters: Barbie (Rusty) Dowdall and Julie (Ross) Boyer, both of Hamilton; eleven grandchildren: Jonathan (Jennifer) Bolton of Monument, Colorado, Ben (Melissa) Bolton of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Emily (Caleb) Spear of Pueblo, Colorado, Anthony (Amy) Bolton of Athens, Illinois, Lisa Bolton of Hamilton, Hayley (Justin) Hamelton of Burlington, Iowa, Greg (Danielle) Dowdall of Hamilton, Jeff (Jessica) Dowdall of Elvaston, and James, Paul and Karen Boyer of Hamilton; eleven great-grandchildren, Lilly Bolton, Alice, Clementine, Ezra and Miriam Bolton, Zion and Anatoli Spear, Jack and Madelyn Hamelton and Ryan and Emily Dowdall, and one great-grandson due in May. Other survivors include his sister Carol (Jim) Whitcomb, brother-in-law Melbert Wollbrink, sister-in-law Marge (Dean) Starr, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his sister Joy Wollbrink.
Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Monday, February 3, 2020, at Printy Funeral Home in Hamilton, with burial to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in rural Hamilton. Visitation will be held on from 2 to 4 pm on Sunday, February 2, 2020, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to Golden’s Point Christian Church, Oak Grove Cemetery, the Alzheimer’s Association or Every Step Hospice.
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