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Donald Earl Bolender
"He saw the face of Jesus and it took his breath away."
Our father, hero and patriarch, Donald Earl Bolender, 86, passed away Friday, May 13, 2022. He was born on Saturday, January 25, 1936 in Akron, Ohio to the late Russell and Pamelia (Kennedy) Bolender. Donald was the youngest of seven. After graduating from Garfield High School he enlisted in the US Marine Corps., serving proudly for 4 years. He attended the University of Akron, and graduated from Kent State University with a BS in education. He was then employed by the Akron Public Schools for several years teaching Industrial Arts. Donald later began to build custom homes, showcasing his carpentry and woodworking skills. He then served the City of Norton as the Superintendent of Building and Zoning for nearly 30 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, horses, dogs, woodcarving and anything outdoors. Most of all, Donald loved his wife and family.
Donald was preceded in death by his siblings, Helen Scheufler, Ruth Campano, Bob Scheufler, Howard Bolender, and Frank Bolender. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marilyn; sons, Donald (Chris) Bolender, John (Sue) Bolender; daughter, Julie (Mike) Droppleman; grandchildren, Taylor, Russell (Sarah), Joshua, Dallas, John Jr.; great-grandchildren, Elliot, Benson, Linlea; sister, Jewell (William) Martin; and many other loving family and friends.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at Prince of Peace Parish, 1263 Shannon Ave., Barberton, Ohio from 10 to 11:30 a.m., with a Funeral Mass beginning at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be held at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery directly following.
You are invited to mooreffh.com to view Donald's tribute wall and offer condolences and share memories.
I loved having Don as a building inspector. He had common sense & was always available if there were any questions.
Rick Grissom May 22 2022 5:08 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Donald Bolender
Tina Lucas May 19 2022 7:35 PM
Ready with a laugh. Twinkle in the eye . Reminded me of a Cowboy actually. Bigger than life.
He had an obvious great love for and pride in his family.
That is how I will always remember Mr. Bolender. He was one of the good ones.
God bless him.
Kelly Kilpatrick May 15 2022 11:43 PM
Don Bolender was a terrific and awesome man. . I have known him since first grade at FirestonePark GradeSchool. My prayers and condolences go to his family. Rest In Peace, Don. You are loved.
Suzanne Huff Tipton. May 15 2022 6:32 PM
Sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Bolender. My deepest sympathy to his wife Marilyn and his family, he was a good man, lived a good life, may he now enjoy eternal rest and peace with the Lord. Sorry, I'm not able to attend his services, but offer my heartfelt prayers that all of you will find comfort and peace by sharing with love all the memories you made together. Hugs.
Mrs. Wm. E. (Teodora "Dora" Ricci Raymond May 15 2022 5:04 PM