Dunnellon - Russell L. Bolender, 77, went to be with the Lord on September 4, 2012. He was born in Lima, OH, to Erma and Dan Bolender in 1934. He graduated in 1952 from South High School in Lima, OH, and worked at Ford Motor Plant for 30 years. He moved to Florida in 1990 and loved Florida. He liked fishing, treasure hunting, wood-working, painting, and old cars. He loved, most of all, his family, friends and his loyal dog Star. Russell was fun-loving, full of life, a great provider, and always willing to listen.
Russell was married to Wilma J. Stone Bolender, his wife and best friend for 20 years. They loved to fish, travel, sing, paint, and they enjoyed life to the fullest. In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by his step-daughter, Rhonda (Fred) Roman and step-grandchildren Riki and Ryan. Previously, Russell was married to Barbara Pat (Tracy) Bolender for 30 years. They had five children: Riki (Mike) Harpest, Marcia (Gary) Flemke, Russell Bolender, Jr.; Stuart Bolender; and Carla Bolender as well as five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He had five brothers and sisters: Herb (Carrie) Bolender; Wayne (dec'd) (Judy) Bolender; Richard (Rose) Bolender; Becky (Glen) Kiefer; and Karen (Ed) Kelly.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Ste. 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Russell will be deeply missed. Condolences may be left at

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Siferd-Orians Funeral Home
506 North Cable Road Lima, OH 45805
(419) 224-2010

Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Sept. 9 to Sept. 10, 2012