Johnny Bolte - Lincoln KS
12/26/1933 - 12/20/2014
Johnny Charles Bolte was born on December 26, 1933, to Emerson Jerry (Bud) and Grace (Dillett) Bolte in rural Ellsworth county. Johnny had three brothers, Ivan, Dale, Max, and one sister, Theora Phelps (Dallas).
He attended a rural one room school house in Ellsworth County until the family moved to Brookville, where he graduated from High School in 1951. He played basketball and was known by all as a bit of a prankster during his school years. After High School he worked at the Salina Country Club and was later drafted into the United States Army as a mechanic where he served at Fort Bliss, Texas, from 1956 to 1958.
In May of 1965, Johnny married Helen (Cathy) Leaton. They had four children: Joseph (Marcia) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Lyle (Tonya) of Santa Ynez, California; Genette Wirtz (Keith) of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Mary Bolte of Las Vegas, Nevada. Johnny and Cathy were blessed with seven grandchildren: Ryan Bolte, Samantha (Bolte) Blanchette (Jacob), Kaitlyn Bolte, Jordan Bolte, Molly Wirtz, Taylor Bolte and Claire Wirtz; one great grandchild: Aurora Blanchette. Johnny joins his parents, brothers, Jordan and Cathy in heaven.
Johnny had a passion for working with his hands and a special ability to entice almost any kind of plant to grow. During his working years he worked as a golf course superintendant. He was well known in Lincoln for his beautiful roses, flowers, lawn, and garden. Johnny also kept busy doing home improvement projects and woodworking crafts for friends. He was an active member of Saint Patricks Catholic Church in Lincoln where he was a member of the parish council and took it upon himself to tend to the maintenance of the facilities and grounds of the church. Johnny was also the Grand Knight of the parish Knights of Columbus Council and he was a member of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree council in Salina, KS. Johnny was also the president of the Senior Citizens Council in Brookville, KS. His leadership will be greatly missed by the church and the community.
Johnny enjoyed the sport of hunting with his nephews for the elusive wild turkey. There were also many memorable fishing and hunting trips had by all. During these past three years Johnny's ability to travel was limited due to lymphoma cancer treatment. Spending time with the family was very important to him and the family converged in his house in Lincoln many times, leaving fond memories of quality time spent together which usually involved some sort of home improvement project or baking. Johnny knew his way around the kitchen and his grandchildren loved to visit him so that they could have some of the wonderful homemade rolls he made from scratch. They were the best!
Johnny's family and friends will greatly miss him and will always remember his kind and humble spirit, love of gardening, love for his church family and love of his children, grandchildren and great grandchild.
Visitation will be at Hall Chapel, Lincoln, Friday, 26 December 2014, from 1 to 6 PM. Family will be present from 5 to 6 PM. A rosary will be spoken at 6 PM in Hall Chapel.
Funeral Services will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, 27 December, 2014, at Saint Patricks Catholic Church. Following the service, there is a luncheon in the Parish Hall. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Brookville, at 1 PM following the luncheon.
Memorials may be made to the Knights of Columbus, Morrison house of Salina or St Patricks Catholic Church.
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