1925 – 2021
A very special person, Edward R. Bolton passed away at his home in Crawfordville, FL on May 16 at the age of 95 with his loving companion of 16 years, Connie Christie, and his Florida family, Nic, Katy and Benjamin, by his side.
He is predeceased by Mary Anne, his wife of 35 years, who passed away in 2004. Ed is survived by his three stepdaughters Barbara Kuni (Lynda), Debra Holcomb and Grandson Dane, and LuAnne Dattilo (Paul). He is also survived by a brother Kenneth Bolton, and a sister Kathy Carter Siebe, both of Louisville. Ed leaves behind many nephews and nieces that he loved dearly and who will miss him.
Ed was born December 11, 1925, in Cincinnati, OH. In the 1930s, his parents (Mary and William Embry Bolton) moved him and his seven siblings to the area around Somerset, KY. They later moved and Ed attended school in Franklin County. At the age of 19, he entered the service on January 13, 1945.
Ed served our country in the U.S. Army in World War II and the Korean War from 1945-1952. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal after being wounded at the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea in 1950. He also was awarded the Presidential Systems Harry S. Truman Medal, the Victory Medal, The Pacific Occupation Medal, The Japan Occupation Medal and The Germany Occupation Medal.
As a young man, Ed was an awesome basketball player. He played high school basketball and also for the U.S. Army team while stationed in Japan prior to the Korean War. He loved people and was a devoted father to his three stepdaughters and to Nic, a loving grandfather to Dane and Benjamin, an amazing brother to Kenny and Kathy and a beloved Uncle to his nieces and nephews.
A family memorial service was held on May 21, 2021, in Crawfordville, FL. According to his wishes, on June 11, his final resting place will be at the Providence Cemetery in Somerset, KY, beside his brother Harold and his Mom and Dad.