Robert “Bob” C. Boliere, 94, was called to his eternal reward in Heaven Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
Bob was born Nov. 27, 1919, in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Nellis and Edna (nee Utter) Bolier.
He was raised from the age of 3 by his grandparents, Andrew and Alice Utter, and upon their deaths at the age of 9, by their housekeeper, Gertrude Leslie. Bob enlisted in the U.S. Horse Cavalry at the age of 18, and served three years when he then met and married Marjorie “Marge” Louise Winkel Nov. 7, 1941.
Upon hearing about Pearl Harbor, Bob immediately joined the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. After leaving the Navy, Bob lived in Farmington, Mich., worked at Michigan Bell Telephone, and retired from there after 31 years. Bob, Marge, and their youngest daughter, Jamie, then lived in Estes Park in Colorado, Ft. Myers Beach, Fla., Port Charlotte, Fla., and eventually settled in Englewood, Fla.
Bob was always very active in church and community, serving as a church elder, Sunday school superintendent and teacher, and volunteer policeman. Throughout his retirement years, Bob pursued his lifelong interests in golfing, sailing, painting and writing poetry.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 70 years, Marjorie; three children, Janet (Jack) Moynihan of Englewood, Douglas (Elaine) Boliere of Auburn, Calif., and Jamie Boliere of Englewood; three grandchildren, Patrick (Wendy) Moynihan, Robert Moynihan and Robin (Dennis) Sheehan; three great-grandchildren, Danny, April, and Spencer Moynihan; and his three sisters-in-law, Irene Layer, Arlene Winkel, and Florence Robinson. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Nellis and Edna Bolier; sister, Maxine Shoemaker; and brothers-in-law, Ernie, Norman and Ken Winkel.
A memorial service will be held for Bob at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, where Bob, Marge and Jamie were devoted members. The church is located at 6465 Mayport St., Englewood. Pastor Kress will be officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sun Coast Humane Society, 6781 San Casa, Englewood, FL 34224 in memory of Bob Boliere. You may share a memory with the family at www.englewoodfh.com.
Arrangements are by Englewood Community Funeral Home with Private Crematory.