William A. "Bill" Bollenbach(1932 - 2014)

William A. 'Bill' Bollenbach, formerly of Kemblesville William A. "Bill" Bollenbach, 81, of Alderson, W. Va., passed away on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at his home. Born Nov. 22, 1932 in Wilmington, Del., he was the son of the late Otto A. and Martha Walker Bollenbach. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Priscilla, whom he shared 28 years of marriage and raised five children in Kemblesville, Pa. Bill is survived by those five children, Bill Bollenbach and his wife, LuAnn, of Coatesville, Debbie Canby of Kirkwood, Cindy Horton and her husband, Dean, of New London, Jeff Bollenbach and his wife, Elicia, of Oxford, and Cherie Saienni and her husband, Joe, of New London; and by 10 grandchildren. Bill was raised by his grandparents on a dairy farm in Centreville, Del. and graduated from AI DuPont High School, Wilmington, Del., where he was a member of the Future Farmers of America. He also served in the U.S. Air Force. Bill held several jobs in Pa. but his favorite was being a charter bus driver and he loved to tell stories about his experiences. He had a small farm at his Kemblesville home where he raised cows, pigs and chickens. Bill is survived by his wife of 26 years, Peggy and her five children, Johnny Miller of Bellingham, Wash., Suzie Ashmead and her husband, Ed, of Lincoln University, Mindy Collins and her husband, Bryan, of Bellingham, Wash., Jeb Miller and his wife, Kathy, of West Chester, and Meg Turpin and her husband, Traynter, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a step-grandchild. In 1991 Bill and his wife Peggy moved to Way Back Farm in Alderson, W.Va. where he was a self-employed farmer. Bill was elected as a supervisor of the West Virginia Southern Conservation District where he served as chairman of the board for eight years. He was a member of both the Pennsylvania and West Virginia Farm Bureau. He served as membership chairman of the W.Va. Farm Bureau and worked many years at the W.Va. State Fair representing the Farm Bureau. Bill was a member of the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church where he was a deacon and sang in the church choir. Bill loved bluegrass music and enjoyed attending blue grass festivals. He loved to travel especially around the U.S. to visit ranches and oxen pulls, to visit family and to Nova Scotia. Bill loved to watch sports and attend his grandchildren's games and performances. Bill is also survived by a sister, Sarah Elizabeth Graf (Charlie) of Ocala, Fla.; three brothers, Michael Bollenbach (Sheila) of Sacramento, Calif., Fred Bollenbach (Mary) of Columbia, S.C. and Russ Fox (Jacque) of Cullman, Ala.; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 15th, at the Kemblesville United Methodist Church, Kemblesville, Pa. Friends may visit the family from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Kemblesville United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Summers County 4-H, Summers Memorial Building, 97 Park Avenue, Hinton, WV 25951-2450; or to the Future Farmers of America, Summers County High School, Attention: FFA, One Bobcat Drive, Hinton, WV 25951-2450.
Published in The Daily Local on Mar. 12, 2014