Dennis Jackson "Jack" Bolton

September 30, 1925April 16, 2014
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Dennis Jackson (Jack) Bolton went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at his home.

He was born September 30, 1925, in Fulton, the son of the late Mary Lukens Bolton and the late John Lee Bolton.

On January 26, 1949 he was united in marriage to Martha Lee Payne. The couple recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Along with his wife, Jack’s memory will be forever cherished by this two daughters, Kathy Marie of Fulton, and Janet Nadine Denton (Danny) of Auxvasse, and honorary daughter, Ruth Toosley (Mike); grandchildren, Brandy Nylund (Matthew) of Minneapolis, MN; Cherie Fye (Andy Bate) of Fulton; Miranda Pautz (Scott) of Menash, WI; Derek Ewing (Mackenzie Huber), and Jacquelyn Kemp of Fulton; great-grandchildren, Joshua, Jacob, and Noelle Nylund; Chloe Fye; Keegan and Nataleigh Pautz; Lilly Gee and Kodie Moore; two brothers: Russel Bolton (Lolita) and Wiley Bolton of Fulton; two sisters: Sandra Scott of Fulton, and Nadine Grace (Rolla) of Columbia, and many nieces and nephews. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, sisters (Margaret Bolton and Frances Fennell) and brothers (Charles, Dale and Ralph Bolton).

Dennis proudly served the US Navy from April 1943 until April 1946 and re-enlisted in 1947 to 1950. He was aboard the USS Valley Forge which went on an around the world cruise. Jack and his wife owned and operated Bolton’s Davis Paint Store in downtown Fulton for 9 years in the 60’s. He retired from Harbison-Walker Refractories in 1983 and then drove a school bus for Fulton Public Schools for 12 years and MSD for 4 years.

Jack enjoyed RV-ing (traveling throughout the United States and Canada) and a member of Family Campers and RV’ers for 40 years and Missouri State Campers, almost that long. He loved working in his vegetable garden, keeping his yard well-manicured and their home well-maintained, woodworking, being an avid reader, visits from his grandchildren and adored his great-grandchildren. He loved to laugh and make other people laugh too.

The family asks that memorial donations be made in Jack’s name to the Fulton Public Library or the American Cancer Society c/o Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court Street, Fulton, MO 65251.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM on Monday, April 21st, 2014 at Debo Funeral Home in Fulton, MO with Rev. Bruce Williamson officiating. Family will receive friends on Monday at 1:00 PM until time of the service.


  • Visitation Monday, April 21, 2014
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 21, 2014

Dennis Jackson "Jack" Bolton

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July 29, 2014

There is not one day that goes by that I don't miss him...not one. I love you Pa!

Nanci Nikodym

May 9, 2014

Mr.Bolton was my bus driver for many years. Sometimes I would sit in the front seat of the school bus so I could chat with him. He had the best laugh and was always so kind to me! I will never forget driving past his house once I quit riding the school bus and waving to him as he worked in his yard. Good memories. So sorry for you loss.

Nancy Fricke

April 28, 2014

Dear Martha, Janet and family. I was out of town and just heard, I was so surprised that he was gone. His smile will always be with anyone that ever met him. I always watched the house to see if he was outside anytime I was driving by and always jealous of those tomatoes he always grew! He was a good man and someone you wanted to say was your friend to. I am so sorry for all of your family if there is anything I can do just let me know. He is now on a long bus ride home!!

Joe & Doris Hackman

April 22, 2014

Martha & Family. God has another fine gentlemen with him now. Have enjoyed knowing the Bolton's for many years as customer and as your milkman. Dennis never was too busy to stop and talk and smile and give you a good word or two. So glad we got to see and talk to you folks after we moved back from KCMO(even if it was always at Walmart).

Andrew Yohe

April 21, 2014

I have had the pleasure to meet him before he passed away. What a experience that was. He had Mr. Terry Payne mowing his lawn on a warm sunny day. Not by choose but by cleverness. I was amazed and also had the pleasure of sharing a great conversation with his wife and daughter.

Marsha Loyd

April 21, 2014

Martha, Kathy, and Janet: You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace and strength during this difficult time. You have so many precious memories. Love to each of you!

April 20, 2014

When Mr. Bolton was driving the Fulton School bus, a box turtle was crossing the road. He stopped, put out the stop sign on the bus and told my kindergartener to go out and pick it up and take it home so it wouldn't get hit. His mother was one of my favorite people in the world. She worked hard and always had a smile and was very patient with all of my questions when she was working for my grandmother. I would find out she was coming to help grandma and I'd be there when she came and shadow her all day. The apple didn't fall far from the tree. I will miss seeing Mr. Bolton while shopping and watching his garden grow when I go by his house.
God Bless Him!

Debbie Marquette Grimm

April 20, 2014

This is from the "Big side of the Bolton Family". So sad to hear of Jack's passing. The world has lost a good man. Dezie and Larae Brown

Marilyn and Daryle Frank

April 20, 2014

We have missed both of you camping the last few years. Enjoyed visiting you in Fulton. Also look forward to your E-mails. Good Luck to you and your family.

Mike, Susan and Kate Carr

April 19, 2014

Our deepest condolence to Bolton family especially Martha, and the 2 daughters (Cathy and Janet).
Surely you will be missed Jack.
Although you are Earth Loss but Heaven's Gain: thoughts and memories will ALWAYS REMAIN IN OUR HEARTS. WE love you Jack will missed your smiling face.