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“May your memories of your father keep him close to your heart. He raised a great family. R. I. P..Jim and watch over your family from above. ”
1 of 3 | Posted by: Joan Bloom - Gregory, SD

“Had a lot of memories of teasing back and forth with Jim. After an all night graduation party my dad had Jim putting in a water line Dad had to leave...Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: NeilForgey - lance Creek, WY

“Have a lot of good memories of Jim,when I was in the Colome area. He truly helped build the town. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. He...Read More »
3 of 3 | Posted by: Terry Bertram - Watford City, ND


James Eugene Bolton was born March 31, 1924, at his grandmother's house on a farm near Hamill, SD to Clover (Milton) and Louis Bolton. Jim was the oldest son in the family and his brother, Donald, is the youngest. They had older twin sisters who died shortly after birth.

Jim attended Winner High School where he graduated on May 20, 1943. On June 2 of that year, he entered active service in the United States Army. He served as a gunner at Fort Bliss, TX, and a finance clerk at Camp Bowie, TX, earned his liaison pilot wings at Camp Hood, TX, and finished out his service in Special Troops at Fort Sam Houston, TX. During his three years in the service, Jim earned the rank of Staff Sergeant.

After returning from the service, Jim married Della Ann Frantz of Ideal, SD, in June of 1948. Together they have seven children: Scott, Barbara, Bradley, Garnet, Guyla, Tammy, and Tony. In the early years of this marriage, Jim and Della lived in Winner where they owned and ran the Sweet Shop soda fountain. They then moved and farmed and ranched near Ideal, Murdo, and Presho until moving to Colome in the early 60's. While living in Colome Jim owned and operated, with the help of his sons, Bolton Ditching and Trenching. The family also ran a bluegrass lawn sod business, bottle fed hundreds of Holstein calves, and ran a dairy farm. Later in Jim's life he worked for the city of Colome as Utilities Manager.

Jim married Jan Petersen in 1985 and they have two children: Clayton and Lacey.

The happiest times for Jim were when he was hunting and fishing with his sons, taking road trips reminiscing about camping at Ghost Hawk Park along with other family outings, and spending so many meaningful times with his family and good friends.

Jim passed away on May 22, 2015 at Avera Rosebud Country Care Center at the age of 91.

Jim is survived by a brother, Don Bolton, Winner, SD; his second wife, Jan Fetzer, Amarillo, TX; his nine children: Scott (Sherry), Rapid City, SD, Barb Walder (Dave), Brookings, SD, Brad (Kay), Dallas, SD, Garnet Petersen (Rod), Brookings, SD, Guyla Husman, Gregory, SD, Tammy Graesser (Lee), Gregory, SD, Tony (Kena), Rapid City, SD, Clayton (Jackie), Butte, MT, and Lacey, Amarillo, TX; 20 grandchildren, and 18 great-great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his twin sisters, Ruth and Ruby, his parents, Louie and Clover, his first wife, Della, and his sister-in-law, Phyllis Bolton.

The family would like to thank Avera Rosebud Country Care Center and Hospice of the Plains for the loving and generous care that was provided for our father. The compassion shown to Jim was heartfelt and sincere.

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Funeral services for Jim Bolton were held on Friday, May 29, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Berean Church in Gregory, SD with Scott McClellen officiating. A visitation and prayer service was held Thursday evening at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home.

Carol Moyer was in charge of registration.

Flower Attendants were Jamie Soles, Tina Sandall, and Becky Brown.

A poem entitled "The Dash" was read by Molly Graesser.

Casket Bearers were grandsons and great grandson Shawn Bolton, Steve Bolton, Joe Bolton, Clint Bolton, Tom Husman, Tayton Bolton, and Cody Bolton.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Dale Goodell, Jack Whetham, Furman Harter, Ralph Tarrell, Jim Keegan, Larry Cornemann, and all of his coffee buddies.

Burial with Military Honors was in the Colome City Cemetery, Colome, SD.