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Gilbert J Bolen (Joe) of Boise, ID passed away peacefully in his sleep at age 71 August 16, 2016 of natural causes at the family cabin- the place he loved the most. Joe, the eldest of 7 children, was born August 27, 1944 in Grand Island, NE to Gilbert L and Marjorie Jean Bolen.
Joe was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Clarks, NE. He attended Clarks High School participating in basketball, track, and football where he was an All American- graduating in the class of 1962. After a logging stint in Colorado he served in the US Navy from 1963 to 1969 during the Vietnam War. Joe held the rank of E-5 where he became an Electronic Technician and served 7 patrols on nuclear submarines. He was very proud of his contribution to his country.
On December 27, 1965 Joe married Marlene Janky at St. Mary's Cathedral in Grand Island, NE and celebrated their 50th anniversary this last year. They raised six children with three boys and three girls- the Bolen Bunch.
After the Navy, Joe moved west to Utah with his family working for a large electrical manufacturer as a salesman. After four years he found himself in Boise, ID continuing the salesman role. In 1982, during a market downturn and no jobs available, he started his own electrical distributorship- and against all odds it succeeded. At age 58 Joe retired from Bolen's Control House, Inc in 2002. As a man of faith and family, he instilled strong family values, morals, and work ethics in his children. Joe's word was his bond. In retirement he continued his love of reading, writing, and telling jokes. His infectious laugh and twinkling eyes will be missed.
Joe is survived by his wife Marlene; 6 Children (all in Boise area)- Tom (Cyndi) Bolen, Theresa (Joe) Altamirano, Anita (Roger) Smith, Denise (Matt) Bolen-Harrington, Joey (Tara) Bolen, and Shane (Lorie) Bolen; 13 Grandkids- Brandon (Stephanie), Jake (April), Jeremy, Kenna, Nathan, Brie, Rylie, Mark, Madison, Sam, Lacie, Belle, and Brock; 3 Great Grandchildren- Caige, Valon, and Ariana; Siblings- Kathe Kohl of Fullerton, NE, Peggy (Chris) Blake of Camdenton, MO, Janice Bolen of Lyons, NE, Jeff (Fondra) Bolen, Basil Bolen, Jim (Vicki) Bolen all of Omaha, NE; and many Nieces and Nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Gilbert and Jean, his Brother Douglas, and Sister-in-Law Mary Clare.
Services will be held at Risen Christ Catholic Church, 11511 Lake Hazel Rd, Boise, ID. A viewing will be held at 6PM, followed by a Vigil at 7PM on Tuesday August 23rd. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:30AM August 24th, followed by burial at Cloverdale Cemetery in Boise. A reception will be held at the church following the cemetery procession. Funeral arrangements are being managed by Cloverdale Funeral Home.