John Andrew Bolander
John Andrew Bolander, 72, Burlington, died at Great River Medical Center on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 10:30 a.m. at Prugh’s Chapel, Burlington.The Rev. Roger Bolander will officiate. Military rites will be conducted by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard at Prugh’s Chapel. Interment will be in Carman Cemetery, Carman, Ill.
The family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. in Prugh’s Chapel. A memorial has been established for Special Needs Foundation.
Condolences may be left at www.prughfuneralservice.com
Born on June 27, 1940, in Hopper, Ill., he was the son of James Henry and Sadie Helen Waterman Bolander. He married Inez Hodges on Nov. 24, 1965. They later divorced. He married Emma Lou Loncor on April 25, 1994, in Burlington. She preceded him in death.
He served in the U.S. Army, seeing action in Vietnam. He worked for Murray Iron Works for 18 years and BNSF Railroad for 15 years. He was a member of the American Legion, V.F.W. Post 10102 and Disabled Veterans. He was an active volunteer in the Special Needs Foundation. He loved fishing, camping, woodworking, painting, ceramics, traveling and talking to family and friends. He was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by two daughters, Ruth (Bill) Link and Tana (Shad) Dixon, both of Burlington; two sons, John A. (Maria) Bolander II, of Bicknell, Ind. and Raymond W. (Kim) Bolander of Mt. Pleasant; four brothers, Thomas (Jean) Bolander of San Antonio, Texas, Paul (Florence) Bolander, Wayne (Sherry) Bolander and Harry Bolander, all of Burlington; four sisters, Betty (Martin) Brockett of Joplin, Mo., Esther (Calvin) Reynolds of Burlington, Ruby (James) Gott of Wapello and Hazel (Wayne) Dixon of Burlington; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma; parents; one son, James Robert Bolander; one grandson and four brothers, Danny, Albert, Richard and James Bolander.