Roy R. Bolton (89)
Published: Sunday, June 16, 2013
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 remember him.
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