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James H. Bolender

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James H. Bolender Obituary
James H. Bolender

James H. Bolender died Tuesday, September 8, 2015, after a courageous seven-year battle with Alzheimer's disease at the age of 77. Resident of Whitefish Bay, WI, formerly of Sioux Falls, SD. He is survived by his wife of forty-five years, Nancy; son, Shawn (Sue Ellen) Bolender; granddaughters, Mirah and Maris; brothers, Dave (Janet) Bolender of McArthur, Ohio, and Bob (Susan) Bolender of Medina, Ohio; nephews, Mike Bolender, Lance Bolender, Ryan Bolender, and Zack Bolender; and a niece, Carrie (Bolender) Yannayon.

Jim was born on November 26, 1937, in New Boston, Ohio, to James and Virgie Bolender. He attended Ohio University earning a Bachelor's degree in Commerce. Immediately upon graduation, he went to work for Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, the only company he would ever work for. Jim began in the audit department, but soon transferred to Firestone's International Division where he spent the majority of his career in a number of management positions. His first overseas posting was to Buenos Aries, Argentina. A few years later, he was transferred to the rubber plantations in Liberia, Africa. It was around this time that Jim met Nancy Paull Fogarty. They wed in 1970. Soon thereafter, Jim, Nancy, and son Shawn were posted to Valencia, Venezuela and later, Bethune, France.

Jim took early retirement in 1990, but his travels did not end there. He used his newfound spare time to travel the world and to visit his two out-of-state granddaughters as often as possible. Jim loved his work and was keenly interested in the First World War. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and played in a men's softball league for years. Jim was a long-time supporter of the United States Olympic Committee and the Republican Party.

Jim's family would like to thank the many friends and acquaintances from around the world for their friendship, love, and support over the years. They would also like to thank the staff of Active Generations elder day care, Edgewood Vista Memory Care in Sioux Falls, for the loving and compassionate care they provided.

A service in celebration of Jim's life will take place this Saturday, September 19 at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, 819 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay, WI 53217. Services in Milwaukee entrusted to Feerick Funeral Home, 414.962.8383. Notes of condolence for the family may be sent to

Published in The Argus Leader on Sept. 16, 2015
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