Leo Joseph Bolles MD

March 10, 1921March 15, 2015
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Dr. Leo Joseph BollesMarch 10, 1921 ~ March 15, 2015 Leo Joseph Bolles, MD, born March 10, 1921, died peacefully in his home on the night of Sunday, March 15, 2015, surrounded by his friends and family.Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Lee and Gertrude Bolles and brother of Pete and Katherine Bolles, Leo grew up in Montesano, Washington. After a short time in seminary, Leo began his college studies at Grays Harbor College and later transferred to Seattle University. During World War II, Leo enlisted in the Navy, serving on the USS Kennison and rising to the rank of Lieutenant, JG. Upon honorable discharge in 1946, Leo completed his Bachelor of Science degree at Seattle University, and then continued his education in pursuit of a medical degree at the University of Marquette in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There he met the love of his life, Margaret Alexa Gengler. With a medical degree and marriage certificate in hand, together they returned to Washington state in 1950. They settled down on Clyde Hill in Bellevue, Washington and began their life together.After completing his residency and internship at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle in 1953, Dr. Bolles built a successful family practice one patient at a time, with the humble care and deftness of a true country-style doctor. Leo was an independent and free-thinking soul who faced many challenges practicing orthodox medicine in the battle against such stubborn diseases as cancer, multiple sclerosis and heart disease. As a result of his tenacious desire to help his patients, he was inexorably led to seek out, develop and pioneer techniques in the art of medicine that would later come to be known as holistic or preventative medicine.Dr. Bolles was a voracious reader and lifetime learner; he traveled nationally and internationally seeking out physicians and researchers with unique knowledge in the field of holistic medicine. Over the years, Leo incorporated numerous cutting-edge alternative therapies in his patients' treatments with great success. He was a champion of individual liberty, medical freedom, and the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship, and fought for these rights at every turn.Dr. Bolles was a founding member and President of the Northwest Academy of Preventative Medicine, a trustee of the John Bastyr College of Medicine, a member of the American Academy of Medical Preventics, and a member of the Orthomolecular Society. His contribution to the practical advancement of alternative medicine was profound and pioneering, and his impact on the health and wellness of his patients was indelible and widespread.Throughout his life, Leo Bolles had a great love of the outdoors and in particular a passion for farming. As a teenager, he grew five acres of cabbage seed for the Washington State Department of Agriculture. With the proceeds from this endeavor, he funded his college education. Leo never passed up an opportunity to be outside and put his hands in the soil, split some firewood or tend a bee hive. His appreciation for the natural world led to many memorable excursions with his children panning for gold in the foothills, climbing Mt. Si, hiking Denny Creek, clamming and fishing in Birch Bay, and trout fishing in eastern Washington. He also enjoyed golfing as another opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest.Leo Joseph Bolles was a quiet man, deeply devout; he drew strength from his Catholic faith all through his life. He loved his family deeply and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Leo was preceded in death by his oldest son, Thomas Lee. He is survived by his wife of almost 67 years, Margaret, children Terry Margaret, Kelly Christopher, Edward Carey and David Joseph, and their families, including five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. God has a special placein his heart for you, Leo.A Latin funeral mass service will be held at Sunset Memorial Park, 1575 145th Pl SE, Bellevue, WA 98007 at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015 with previewing two hours prior to service and reception thereafter.Donations in Leo's memory may be made to either of the following:Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Chapel, 11824 10th Avenue SouthwestSeattle, WA 98146-2776 The Union Gospel Mission318 2nd Avenue Ext S, Seattle, WA 98104; (206) 622-517


  • Visitation Friday, March 27, 2015
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 27, 2015
  • Graveside Service Friday, March 27, 2015

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Mary Wimmer-Miller

February 22, 2016

He was an amazing doctor for our whole family; treating us in ways that the world still needs to come up to even pass muster. He was compassionate, he worked with his patients, not ON them. He saved my life more than once. To his family, I sincerely with to give my condolences and say he was our hero. Thank you.

Mary Taylor-Kelly

May 28, 2015

Dr. Leo Bolles was an angel on earth and I will be forever thankful for his expertise and kind spirit!! My father nearly died of organ failure at age 46. Under Dr. Bolle's care, his illness was reversed. Our whole family was changed as he became our family doctor until he retired. My parents have passed on, but I still utilize the nutritional wisdom Dr. Bolles introduced to our family. My thoughts and prayers are with all who loved this dear man!

Joanne Jones

April 25, 2015

He saved my Dad's life one day by injecting magnesium into the Chelation therapy IV. I was so grateful. My late father lived many years afterward.....He was Ted Jones, the famous hydroplane designer.
I shall always be grateful to Dr. Bolles and his excellent staff.
Joanne Jones...............eldest daughter

conrad ryer

April 5, 2015

Dr.Bolles saved both my daughter's life(Ariel Ryer)and mine. He was a courageous pioneer in
alternative medicine and exemplified how a Christian can make a difference in this world. May God bless him and his family

Jan Loomis

April 1, 2015

God Rest Your Soul, Dr. Bolles. I was blessed to be a patient of Dr. Leo Bolles for years. The knowledge he was so kind enough to share and the compassion he had for the patients was so incredibly special. I learned much from Dr. Bolles. I am a cancer survivor of 24 years now, thanks to alternative treatments. He was a great blessing to many.
May you rest in the arms of our Lord, Leo.
Jan M. Loomis

Suzanne Ulloa

March 28, 2015

Great memorial service today! Among the help that Dr Bolles gave to family and friends years ago, when my mom dragged my Dad there from Kitsap county because he'd been fainting that summer, Leo checked him, found his pulse to be so low it could be fatal, and gave my Dad heck when he wanted to go home before going to the Hospital ( for a pacemaker)! My Dad finally listened to him, since as a great dedicated Catholic and professional, he respected him. Thanks Dr. Bolles!

A. H.

March 25, 2015

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Brian Rosell

March 24, 2015

Leo was a great father and healer to the people of our society. His dedication and hard work helped pave the way for a brighter future for each one of us. With this reflection in mind, it reminds me of how important doing the hard work truly is for our future, and for that of our children's future.

Karen Kimsey

March 24, 2015

It was a privilege to know Dr. Bolles.

Joni Ballinger

March 23, 2015

What a remarkable man he was. Heaven will have a special place for him.