Bolhuis, Albert, 89, of Manhattan, Mont. went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Feb. 5, 2015. He was born April 11, 1925 at home south of Manhattan to Teunis and Gertrude (Sinnema) Bolhuis. They moved to Dyk Road, then to Hyline Road on the Yellowdog Creek. They settled on the present farm on Bitterroot Road. He attended the Hyline School (a one room country school). As he farmed alongside his father with his brother Norman, his love of farming and Montana grew; he passed that love to his sons. He married Harriet Visser on January 8, 1946 and together they farmed on Bitterroot Road until 1973, when they moved to the Four Corners area and enjoyed many mornings of coffee with their friends at the local café.
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He moved to the Churchill Retirement home several years after Harriet's passing in 1993 and resided there until his passing.
He remained a farmer at heart all his life. Reports from the farmers on how the crops were growing and the harvesting was progressing pleased him so much. He enjoyed Sunday afternoon rides with his son Gary. Phone calls and visits from his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren delighted him.
He is survived by his children, Elaine and Ron Buechler, Gary and Mary Bolhuis, Alvin and Debra Bolhuis, and Carleen and Mike Klobnock. Grandchildren are Eric (whom he raised and loved like his own son) and Michelle Bolhuis, Ken and Karen Buechler, Scott Buechler, Melanie and Stephan Klaschka, Jeremy Bolhuis, Shawn and Felicia Bolhuis, Darrin and Stacy Bolhuis, and Michael Bolhuis, along with ten very special great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Minnie Kammerman, Edith Geerdes, and Cena Ragon; sisters-in-law, Marie Bolhuis, Lidea Mae Kamps, Margaret Sinnema, and Hermina Visser; brothers-in-law, John Visser and Elmer Visser; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Harriet, son, James Leroy, parents, Teunis and Gertrude, brother, Norman Bolhuis, and in-laws, Joe Geerdes, Henry and Bernice Visser, Wilber and Nellie Visser, Alt and Cornelia Brouwer, Barbara Visser, Pearl Visser, Dick Visser, James Visser and Chester Sinnema.
Visitation will take place from 12 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8, 2015 at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. Graveside services will be held at the Hills Cemetery, 10915 Little Holland Rd. Manhattan, Mont. at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at Manhattan Christian Reformed Church, 7950 Churchill Rd., Manhattan, Mont. at 11 a.m.
A special Thank You to Lidea Kamps for all of the love and care she gave, the extended family members that lovingly helped with his care, and the staff at Churchill Retirement home and Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Contributions or gifts in memory can be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice, 301 Edelweiss Dr #5, Bozeman, MT 59718 or to Churchill Retirement Home, 6151 Shady Rest St, Manhattan, MT 59741 on Albert's behalf.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
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Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 8, 2015