Kenneth Wayne Bolen

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Kenneth Wayne Bolen, 82 of China Spring, passed away after a long illness May 7, 2022.

Visitation: 6 – 8 PM Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at Lake Shore Funeral Home

Funeral service: 10 AM Thursday, May 12, 2022 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Burial to follow at China Spring Cemetery.

Kenneth Wayne Bolen was born December 2, 1939, in Delia, Texas, to Gussie and Norine Bolen.  He graduated from Coolidge High School and attended Navarro Community College.  On March 17, 1961 he married the love of his life, Geneva Reinhardt Bolen.  They enjoyed 61 years of marriage.  He served in the United States Army and enjoyed a long career at Rainbo Bread, Colorite Plastics and Waco Transit.  He was a long-time member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.  He was an avid golfer, could fix anything and a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gussie and Norine Bolen.

He is survived by his wife, Geneva Reinhardt Bolen of China Spring; daughter, Kimberly Bolen Goolsby and husband Mark of Crawford; son, Randal Bolen and wife, Dotti of China Spring; daughter, Kendra Bolen Tucker and husband, Jerry, of China Spring; grandchildren, Brooke Goolsby Cook, Megan Bolen Larabee, Joshua Bolen, Jacob Tucker and Kennedy Tucker; sister, Linda Sue Bolen Forrester; and several nieces and nephews.

A Special Thank You to the staff of Stoney Brook and Interim Hospice for the loving care given during his illness.

Place of Service: St. Paul Lutheran Church , 1301 Hogan Lane; Bellmead, TX 76705

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  1. Larry & Carol Graf

    Ken was always friendly and loved talking about
    Texas A&M sports. I was privileged to meet him at St Paul Lutheran church. Always had a smile on his face, a true warrior during his health issues. He will be missed by many. May God comfort and give peace to Geneva and all the Bolen family.
    God Bless you always.

    • Larry and Carol thank you so much. Larry you always made a special point to ask, text and visit him and that meant so much to him. He will be missed for sure. God Bless!

    • Larry and Carol thank you so much. Larry thanks for always checking on him.

  2. Sallie Hutchison

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers

  3. Ken was an amazing man!! Always generous. The conversations I had with him always reminded me of the ones I had with my grandad. He will be missed. Truly a heart of gold!!

  4. Robin Roemmick Rogers

    I am so sorry to hear of Ken passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers with our deepest sympathies.

  5. Elke & Randy Fehler

    Praying that you all find comfort and peace during this time that only our loving savior can bring! So sorry for your loss my sweet friends, our prayers are certainly with you all!

  6. Johnny Carpenter

    Kenneth was a great man and will be dearly missed so sorry for the family.

  7. A lifelong friend of Kenneth (son) Bolen—-
    Some of the memories we shared
    My memories of/with Ken……
    Playing little league baseball together
    Bailing hay for Jake Minze
    Hauling hay for a dime a bale
    Fishing and killing snakes in the ponds around Delia. Swimming in the buff in the same ponds.
    Riding double on a worn out bicycle to the Navasota to hunt squirrels. Occasionally having bike wrecks.
    Cruising around in Kens black and white 55 Ford, trying to impress the girls. Fastest car in town.
    Long phone conversations when were both to old to do much of anything else
    Hanging around Joe Rogers blacksmith shop in Delia as tween age boys
    Being on the same six man football team together for all 4 years of high school
    Serving as the play by play announcers for soft ball games at the Delia field. We were pretty darn good.
    Setting coasting records going down Tehuacana hill , late in the night.
    Spending the night in the littlehouse beside Kens parents house.
    Hours and hours of corncob baseball playing my brother Jerry and neighborBobby Joe Burleson.

    A few of the memories from a lifetime of hanging out.
    I’m not traveling very well these days with a gimpy back, so will not be there in body, just spirit.

    So long old friend.

    • Rodney thank you so much for the kind words. I love these stories and I have definitely heard some of the same from him. He truly thought of you as the brother he never had. Take care of yourself!

  8. Pat & Gary Roemmick

    Geneva and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sadness. Ken was a wonderful man who will be missed by all.

  9. Paul Trocchio

    I had the privilege of getting to know Ken Bolen at Waco Tranit. It was a honor to know him he was a great man and a real man among men… One of the finest that I know…he will be missing beyond measure and my heart and prayers go out to the family in this time suffering such a grave loss.. Love you Ken and God bless you and your family!

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