Christopher Bolander
1984 - 2020
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Christopher Bolander
WASHINGTON - Christopher E. Bolander, 36, of Washington, IL, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 26, 2020, at his residence, with family by his side.
Chris was born on February 23, 1984, in Louisiana, the adopted son of James "Joseph" and Barbara J. Maxwell Bolander.
Surviving are his parents of Washington; three sisters, Kathy (Ralph) Maple of Washington, Peggy Hinkle of Mt. Pleasant, IA, and Patty Bolander of Texas; and one brother, Jim (Vicki) Bolander of Bloomington, IL. Further surviving are 15 nieces and nephews; 36 great-nieces and nephews; seven great-great-nieces and nephews; two special aunts, Peggy (Shoupie) Maxwell of Morton and Connie Maxwell of Carthage, IL; one special uncle, David Maxwell of Alba, TX; uncle, Tom (Helen) Bolander of North Carolina; and aunt, Becky (Steve) Collins. Also surviving is a special friend, Gary Bruce, who was Chris's bus driver.
He was preceded in death by two aunts, Donna Wright and Toodie Maxwell; and one uncle, Gene "Butch" Maxwell.
Chris attended JL Hensey Elementary School and was a graduate of Washington Community High School. He attended ADDWC in Eureka for many years. Chris could be seen at every Peoria Chiefs home game for the last 33 years. He loved watching wrestling on television, movies, shopping, bowling and eating at Golden Corral.
The family would like to express their thanks to OSF Home Health Care and OSF Hospice for the loving care shown to Chris and his family.
Cremation rites will be accorded. A gathering celebrating Chris's life will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington. Social distancing and guidelines will apply. A private burial of his remains will be at a later date in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
Memorials may be given to the family to assist in the purchase of a grave marker.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Jun. 29 to Jul. 1, 2020.
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4 entries
July 2, 2020
I remember that Christopher loved going to school and had such an infectious smile. I am so sorry for your loss.
Lorelei Cox
June 30, 2020
Very sorry to see of Chris' passing, he always had a smile when I saw him at the ADDWC building and their fundraisers/outings
Rob McIntosh
June 30, 2020
arb, Joe and family. Roger and I are so sorry for Christopher's passing. He was such a sweet young man. We always enjoyed seeing him. Our prayers are with all of you.
Roger & Libby Belvill
June 30, 2020
Chris was such a joy to have as part of our Life Skills group at ADDWC! His smile and laughter will be greatly missed!
Christy Bachman
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