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John Russell Bolton, 84, Jasper

John BoltonJohn Russell Bolton, 84, of Jasper, died Thursday (February 16) at his home. He was born in Shoals November 9, 1932, to Dorothy Dillon, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rosa (Powell) Bolton; two daughters, Debbie Taylor and husband Bob, Anderson, and Karen Lombness, Clarkston, Michigan; one son, Tim Bolton and wife Alicia, Jasper; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; four half-sisters, Brenda Jones and husband Mike, Washington, and Carolene Leonard and husband John, Bobbie Murray, and Dee Dee Trout and husband Don, all of Robinson, Illinois.

In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by three half-brothers, Melton Bolton and Jon and Jim Leonard, and two half-sisters, Bette Ann Schmidt and Ruby Atchison.

John was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1954. He was employed for 21 years at McCord Corporation in Washington as a plant superintendent. He retired from Kimball Electronics in Jasper after 20 years of employment as a manufacturing manager. He enjoyed spending time with family, fishing, golfing, and watching the Indianapolis Colts. He was a charter member of Shiloh United Methodist church where he served on the initial church building committee, was a lay leader representative at the general conference, a trustee, and many other areas of service. Life-time highlights include a recorded interview of John’s stories from theKorean Conflict with a veteran representative which are recorded in the Library of Congress. Another highlight was his receiving the prestigious 50-year membership award with the Masonic Lodge

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Sunday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Shiloh United Methodist Church. The Masons will conduct a memorial service at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church. Memorial contributions may be donated to Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center or to Heart to Heart Hospice. A celebration of life will take place at 11 a.m. Monday at the church followed by military burial at Shiloh Cemetery in Ireland. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military graveside rites. Grandson Rev. Brandon Risch and Rev. Paul Alvey will officiate at the service.

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