Wesley Bolterman, 89, of Onalaska, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014, at his home.
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He was born in Joastad Coulee on Dec. 11, 1924, at what is now known as Shefelbine Orchards, to Fred and Anna (VonMoos) Bolterman. The first school he attended was a country school, not far from his birthplace. The family eventually moved to Onalaska where he graduated from Onalaska High School.
Wesley served in the United States Army during WWII as a tech sargeant just out of high school. He started work at Allis Chalmers following his service in the war, where he met Helen M. Hagemo whom he married on April 2, 1949, at the First Congregational Church, of which they were longtime members. Wesley and Helen moved to their present home in Onalaska where they raised their four children. He went to work for Heileman's after Allis Chalmers closed its doors. There he worked as an accountant until retirement.
Wesley was an avid hunter and trout fisherman and loved ballroom dancing with his wife. He was a member of the Onalaska American Legion, the Eagle's Club, The Moose Lodge and had a family membership to the Relaxin' Camper's Club.
He is survived by his three children, Rodney (Ellen) Bolterman of Rochester, Janet (Bob) Symicek of Onalaska, and Jean (Edward) Parsons of Stevens Point, Wis.; seven grandchildren, Matthew (Katie) Bolterman, Sarah (Ben) Buhrow, Jeff Symicek (Christine), Michael Symicek, Alysha and Paul Eder and Nolan Parsons; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, a son, Paul Bolterman, his parents and seven siblings.
Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main Street, Onalaska.
The funeral will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 2503 Main Street, La Crosse. There will also be an open casket visitation at 10 a.m. prior to the service.
The Rev. Bill Hoglund will officiate the service and graveside tribute with military honors at Onalaska Cemetery.
Information and online condolences may be given to the family at dickinsonfuneralhomes.com. Memorials in honor of Wesley can be made out to one of the Bolterman children for a memorial at Riverside Friendship Garden and the Youth of the Congregational Church.
Dickinson Family Funeral Homes
401 Main St Onalaska, WI 54650
Published in The Post-Bulletin on July 28, 2014