E. Ellsworth Bolles "Dag" died peacefully June 25, 2014 after an eight year stay at Coquina Center. "Dag" was born May 31, 1921 to Edwin and Zelda Bolles, Oil City, Pennsylvania. He attended local schools but as a "snowbird" graduated from St. Petersburg, FL High School and graduated with a BS degree in Applied Science from Grove City College, Grove City, PA. While in college, he worked at WSAJ, college radio station and was a member of Theta Alpha Phi. He joined General Electric Co. immediately upon graduation. Employed in the test program and trained on installation, maintenance and operation of GE radar equipment built for the government, he was assigned to the U.S. Navy. During World War II, Mr. Bolles was loaned by the Navy to the British Admiralty as a U.S. Technician to train U.K. personnel on U.S. loaned escort carriers to install, operate and maintain radar during exercises in the Irish Sea. He recieved a commendation from the British Admiralty for his work. Upon his return, he was assigned to the Navy Bureau of Ships in Washington, D.C. After the war, he worked in Syracuse, N.Y. in the Heavy Military Equipment Dept. in the Government Product Services, managing efforts of company representatives assigned to work at Navy and Air Force bases around the world. In 1963 he transferred to Field Service Engineering for the Apollo "Man on the Moon" project. He retired in 1975, after thirty three years. In 1950, Mr. Bolles joined Kiwanis International and served as President of both the Eastwood (Syracuse) Club and Ormond Beach Club. In 1997, he became Lt. Gov. of Division 7, FL. District. He was a 50 year member of the Masons and Bahia Shrine, Riverview U.M. Church, where he held many offices and participated in the Riverview Players. He served as Chairman of the Sanctuary Building Committee. He also served as President of the Aqua Vista Home Owners and the Bolles Family Association. He married Gayle Crum of Oil City in 1944 at the Little Church Around the Corner in New York City, who survives, along with three daughters: Beverley (Raymond) Poltorak of April Sound, TX, Linda (Greg) Jamison of Dunnellon and Betsy (Tom) Pertierra of Greenville, FL., also four grandchildren and six great grandchildren as well as several nieces and a nephew. A grand-daughter, Heather Jamison and a sister, Joan Skidmore preceded him in death. Following Sunday worship, a memorial service and internment will take place, Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 11:00 o'clock at Riverview United Methodist Church, 2253 John Anderson Drive, Ormond-by- the-Sea, officiated by Reverend Joseph Kim and the Reverend Pam Stewart. Memorial gifts may be sent to Riverview Church at the above address.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on July 20, 2014