Vernon B. Bolte

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Vernon Bernard Bolte, 90, of Boring, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at home.

Born Nov. 1, 1921, in Boring, he was the son of the late George and Anna Wilhelm Bolte. He was the husband of Emmalie Price Bolte, his wife of 62 years.

He spent his entire life on "Wilbol Farm," near Boring. He had been a dairy farmer, with a herd of purebred Gurnseys. He was a member of the Maryland Milk Producers and the Farm Bureau. As a youth, he was active in the 4-H club and had recently been honored as the oldest living Baltimore County "4-H All Star."

Later in his life he was a salesman for Sealtest Dairy and Race Motor Sales, and he retired at the age of 82 from Tam Agri Systems Corporation.

He was a lifetime member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. He was a licensed lay minister in the Methodist Church, and had preached in more than 50 churches in the Mid-Atlantic region.

He was a member of the Board of Directors, Hampstead Youth for Christ, now Mason/Dixon YFC. He was instrumental in the program from its founding throughout his life. He was the director of the Bible Quiz program for many years, and during that time thousands of teenagers participated in Bible memorization competitions across the nation. He had served as a member of the Board of Mountain View Bible Camp. He was the current Chaplain of the Christian Farmers Outreach.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are children Brenda Joyce Fleming and husband Ronald, of Manchester, Drs. Colleen Bolte DiRaddo and Jim DiRaddo, of Dover, Del., Mary Emmalie Bolte, of Hanover, Pa., and Stephen Bolte and wife Melanie, of Glen Rock, Pa.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nephew Alan Wilhelm and wife Terry, of Miami, Fla.; and an adopted daughter, Dr. Ruth Davis, of Hanover.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Eline Funeral Home, 934 S. Main St., Hampstead.

A memorial service "rally" will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church, 4618 Black Rock Road, Upperco, with the Rev. Dr. Jim DiRaddo and the Rev. Dick Harden officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 15300 Dover Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136; Mason/Dixon Youth for Christ, P.O. Box 1, Hampstead, MD 21074; or Christian Farmers Outreach Inc., P. O. Box 136, Hampstead, MD 21074.

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Published in Carroll County Times on Sept. 13, 2012
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