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January 16, 2019

12/13/2018 7:30:00 AM
"Roy" Royal Lee Bolden

"Roy" Royal Lee Bolden, age 85, of Rhinelander, entered eternal life peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. Roy was born March 19, 1933 and was united in marriage on June 22, 1963 to the love of his life, Carol Pickhardt. They celebrated 55 years of marriage in June.

Roy was born in Chicago, Ill., to Ethel Rice and Hyman Kaufman. He was raised by his mother and stepfather Earl Bolden. Roy grew up following Earl and Emily throughout various towns in the U.S. and Canada. He attended Loras Academy in Dubuque, Iowa and graduated high school from Calumet Township High School in Gary, Indiana. He entered the military in 1952 where he proudly served his country in Korea until 1955 and earned: Korean Sv Medal w/1 Bronze Star, UN Service Medal w/2 Bronze Stars and Nat'l Def Sv Med. He then attended Marquette University for engineering. He went into manufacturing and was a scheduler for Cherry-Burrel, and eventually worked in the forging industry as a draftsman at Unit Drop Forge. He held positions at various other companies including Ladish, Eaton and Amforge. In 1977 they moved to Clintonvillle, which is where they called home. He worked for Walker Forge. In 1985 he took a job with Waupaca Foundry. In 1986 they moved to Eaton Rapids, Mich., where he worked for Lindell Forge. After Lindell Forge closed its doors Roy and Carol worked at the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids, Mich., where they were house parents to children of veterans. In 1992 they moved to Sheboygan where they worked at the Deland Receiving Home. They parented 604 children during their time at the home.

Roy and Carol retired together to Rhinelander in 2000 and settled on the Wisconsin River where they could enjoy Roy's love of the outdoors. Roy and Carol lovingly raised two children. James (Laura Anton) Bolden and Joseph (Ann McClone) Bolden. Grandchildren include: Holly, Austin (Emily), Patrick, Tanner (Laura), Lance, Chase and Hannah. In 1992 the family was completed when they were united with Carol's daughter and family: Lori (Bill) Schuerman, Mike (Elise), Claire (Jordan) Clark, Matt (Jordan) and Daniel (Hannah).

Roy enjoyed the outdoors and was active in the Explorer Posts, Boy Scouts, camping, fishing, hunting, the VFW and the YMCA. Most of all, Roy loved spending time with his family and friends. A truly good person in every way.

Roy is survived by his immediate family as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Special friends include Chuck Train who would reminisce with him about his military service, the entire gang from the Rhinelander YMCA, his oldest friends Bob and Caryol Dewitt from North Carolina and their sons Robert, Geoff and Randy who they spent many days camping, hiking and climbing the rocks of Devil's Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The visitation for Royal will be held Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, at the Rhinelander VFW, 120 South Park Street, Rhinelander, from noon until 2 p.m. Military honors will take place at 2 p.m. followed by the Memorial Service. Pastor Judith Cheetham will be officiating. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the YMCA of the Northwoods, Rhinelander.

The family would like to express a special thank you to Natalie and Nikki and all the nurses, CNAs and others at Rennes Rehab for taking such good care of him. Also, thank you to all the nurses and care givers at Ascension St Mary's in Rhinelander and St Clare's in Weston.

Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501, 715-365-4343. You are invited to light a candle, sign the guestbook, leave a photo or an online condolence at

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2018
Article comment by: swank lee

Carol, My condolences. I will miss seeing Roy at the Y and clinic. Despite all his problems, he was always upbeat.

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2018
Article comment by: Bruce Kotila

It was my pleasure knowing Roy. He was always doing something interesting. Ill carry fond memories for all my life.

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