August 22, 1931 - September 8, 2011
Beloved husband and father born in Plainview, Nebraska to Martinus P. and Rose E. Bollesen. Graduated from Dana College 1952 and Trinity Seminary 1956 in Blair, Nebraska. Ordained at the National Convention of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church 25 June 1956 Cedar Falls, Iowa. Served as Associate Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Norwalk CA and Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls, IA prior to joining the U.S. Navy Reserves in 1962. He served as Chaplain and retired from the Navy with the rank of Captain after 30 years of service. Served as Pastor at Chapel of Peace Lutheran Church, Inglewood, CA and Grace Lutheran Church, Huntington Beach, CA where he was known as "Pastor Mel." He died of a stroke on Sept 8, 2011 leaving his wife of 51 years Patricia and children Curtis, Susan Britt (Sam), Beth Deason (Chris), and Christopher; granddaughters Bailey, Kaycie, and Maddison.
Viewing will be at Advantage Funeral Home, 627 Main St., Hunt. Bch from 1400 to 2000 hr on 9/16/2011. Service at 1000 at Grace Lutheran Church, 6931 Edinger Ave., Hunt. Bch. Committal will be at Mir Mar National Cemetery 9/20/2011 at 1200. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to O.C. Care Connections Outreach, 6931 Edinger, Hunt. Bch, CA 92647.

Funeral Home

Advantage Funeral and Cremation Services
627 Main Street Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 536-6539

Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 13 to Sept. 15, 2011