THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
John D. Bolen
Issue Date: September 6, 2018
John "Johnny" Daniel Bolen, 94, of Stephenson, Mi., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 with family by his side at Roubal Care and Rehab Center in Stephenson.
Born March 22, 1924, in Cedar River, Mi., to the late John Ernest and Mary (Deacon) Bolen, he graduated from High School in 1942, was inducted into the United States Army on Feb. 16, 1943. He was proud of being a veteran of World War II and spent almost three years serving in Asiatic Pacific in Guadalcanal.
He drove school bus and truck, had his own logging truck and worked in the logging industry off and on. He also did commercial fishing from Cedar River to Escanaba with his brother-in-law.
He worked for Ruleau Brothers for many years and worked on the road crew constructing the highway from Cedar River to Menominee. He then worked at Karguards in Marinette for over 20 years before retiring in 1986.
In the 1950's they hit all the dance halls every Saturday night from Menominee to Escanaba with his brothers and sisters-in-law. He found all the best diners; drive-ins and dives all over the Upper Peninsula.
A lifetime member of the VFW Post 5966 and American Legion Post 43, he enjoyed the Veteran's day program at Stephenson High School every year and was honored to be a part of it.
They drove the Old Alaskan Highway in the late 1980's for a retirement trip to visit his daughter in Fairbanks. When someone said, We'll see you soon, his favorite comeback was "Thanks for the warning".
He enjoyed deer hunting, cooking at camp, the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers and loved Strollers and Daggett Brewer baseball and softball teams. He also enjoyed camping trips, riding snow machines and trips to Christmas, Mi. every year to mail his Christmas cards to family and friends.
He is survived by a brother, Tom Bolen of Cedar River, Mi.; a son, Jack (Carol) Bolen of Stephenson, Mi.; a daughter, Barb (Dan) LaCombe of Fairbanks, Ak; a grandson; three granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.
Among his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Blanche; two brothers, Bill and Howard and a son-in-law, Gary LaCombe.
Visitation was held on Friday, Aug. 31 at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home in Stephenson from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at noon, with Roy Berto officiating. Burial followed with military honors in Cedar River Cemetery.