Roy R. Bolton passed away June 16,
2013, in Gladwin, Mich. at the age of 89. He was born July 27, 1923, in
Pikeville, Tenn. the son of William Riley and Oval K. Yeargan Bolton. Roy was
united in marriage to his best friend and lifelong companion, the former Leola
Marleane Johnson on June 19, 1945, in Georgia.
Roy was a member of the Rollway
Riders (Bolton & Assoc. dune buggies). He worked and retired from General
Motors after 30 years. Roy lived on 40 acres and enjoyed having the family
around. Roy’s favorite time of the year was opening day of hunting season. He
knew all the family would be around and it was like Christmas for him. Roy also
really enjoyed coon and squirrel hunting with his sons and brothers. He also
enjoyed working in his shop and tending to his huge garden. Roy was also known
as “the go-to guy”, he could fix or make anything. Roy died a very happy man,
full of pride and joy for his family. He will be dearly missed.
Roy is survived by his lifelong
companion, Leola; children, Roy Burton (Jayne) Bolton Jr. of Burt, Mich.,
Marleane Kay (Randell) Herr of Rochester, Mich., Dennis Ray (Deborah) Bolton of
Auburn Hills, Mich., Karen Sue Bolton of Harrison, Mich., William “Butch”
Harrison (Mida Jean) Bolton of Auburn Hills, Mich., Terry Lee Bolton of
Harrison, Mich., Ralph Thomas (Carolyn) Bolton of Webberville, Mich., Cheryl
Ann (Thomas) Scherlinck of Wildwood, Mo., Caroline “Pixie” May (Mark) Torroll
of Tempe, Ariz. and John Irwin (Sherri) Bolton; children of his heart, Jesse
Alan Bolton, Mary Duvall and Kevin Csutoras; his travel
buddy, “Little Dude;” brothers and sisters, NJ (Sue) Bolton of Zephyrhills,
Fla., Johnie William (Donna) Bolton of Spring City, Jewel Margaret (William)
Capps of Graysville, Robert Wesley (Frances) Bolton of Rochester Hills, Mich.
and Fredden “Buddy” Allen Bolton of Berry, Ala.; 22 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren
and one great-great-grandchild. Besides his parents; Roy was preceded in death
by three brothers, Jesse Allen Bolton, LaVaun Bolton and Carl Bolton; sister,
Mary Frances Bowman and a brother-in-law, Jim Bowman.
Roy was never happier than when
family and friends surrounded him celebrating a family event, hunting or
working around the lake. To celebrate his love of fellowship the family is planning
a casual, outdoor celebration of life beginning at 1 p.m. July 6, 2013, at “The
Lake” (9221 Meredith Grade). The celebration will conclude with military honors
conducted by VFW Post 1075.
Following the ceremony the annual
Fourth of July pig roast will commence. Family and friends planning to stay for
the pig-roast can bring a favorite dish to pass as usual. Flowers and donations
are not needed, however; Roy was always about “paying it forward.” Ask yourself
“what would Roy do?” when a friend or someone else needs a helping hand and