Russell L Bolender

December 25, 1934September 4, 2012

Russell L Bolender, 77, of Dunnellon, Florida, formerly of Lima, died Sept. 4, 2012, at his residence from natural causes. He was born December 25, 1934, in Lima to Daniel and Erma Mauk Bolender, who preceded him in death. His wife, Wilma J Stone Bolender, survives in Dunnellon, Florida. Mr. Bolender was a 1952 graduate of Lima South High School, retired from Ford Motor Company in 1987 and enjoyed his retirement years in many ways. He loved travelling, fishing, woodworking, old cars and motorcycles. Hosting and visiting family and friends was dear to him. Russell will be deeply missed. Survivors also include his former wife of 30 years Barbara Pat (Tracy) Bolender of St. Petersburg, FL; three daughters, Riki (Michael) Harpest, of Lima, Marcia (Gary) Flemke, of Hemlock, NY, and Carla Bolender of St. Petersburg, FL; two sons, Russell T Bolender of Clearwater, FL, and Stuart Bolender of Lima, OH; a stepdaughter, Rhonda (Fred) Roman of Nashville, TN; five grandchildren, Jason Smith, Angela Norbeck, Jeffrey Harpest, Justin Smith and Charles Bolender; two stepgrandchildren, Riki & Ryan Roman; four great-grandchildren, Krista and Jessica Norbeck, Leah Grace and Ariana Smith; two sisters, Rebecca (Glenn) Kiefer of Troy and Karen (Edward) Kelly; two brothers, Herb (Carrie) Bolender and Richard (Rose) Bolender, all of Lima, OH; a sister-in-law, Judy Bolender of Dewitt, MI; several nieces and nephews and numerous cousins. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Wayne Bolender. Memorial services will begin at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at Siferd-Orians Funeral Home, with Rev. Charlotte Hefner officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choosing. Condolences may be expressed at


  • Visitation Saturday, September 15, 2012
  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 15, 2012

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March 21, 2013

Think of you everyday, dad. Miss you!

Marcia Flemke

December 26, 2012


December 12, 2012

Dear Dad,
With your 78th birthday approaching on December 25th, I thought it a good time to say thank you so much for everything.
For loving me unconditionally. I didn't always “fit in” with the crowd, but I always fit in with you. You believed in me always and expected me to do my best, which brought out my best.
You never played favorites. You went to the grave without me knowing who your “favorite” child was. You made us all feel special, all 5 of us.
You didn't judge or talk about people. You made mistakes, but I never heard you lament about them. You always seemed to enjoy life and rarely complained.
You and mom have both influenced who I am today. Thanks!
Love and miss you much,

wilma bolender

September 17, 2012

Russ honey, I miss you so much, you'll always be in my heart and memories. I wish you could know how precious Carla was at this time, She came to me in a couple of hours and stayed for days by my side till Rhonda got here. You would be proud of her,she calls me every day,she's been my rock, But isn't that just like Carla. She loved you special and always spent time visiting us.I love you honey.

Stuart Bolender

September 17, 2012

Dad, Today I Fell Apart... I hadn't really had time to feel the impact of your passing until today. I had been so busy fielding calls and coordinating a respectful memorial for you, that it hadn't really set with me that you have moved on to a higher place. Some have told me that you would be proud of me for what I had assembled (and it certainly wasn't all me), but I feel that it was far from what you deserved. I'm so glad we got together when you were here recently and that you got the opportunity to meet Elizabeth. She has been my rock. I Love You like a son should, and I will miss you tremendously. You are a huge part of why I am, the man I am, and I can't thank you enough. I know I will meet you again, but honestly, I'll wait as long as the Good Lord will let me. You know, Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to go now. ;-) I'm no different. I Love You Dad. 'Till We Meet Again...

wilma bolender

September 10, 2012

Russ you are the love of my life. You brought sunshine where ever you went a joy in our home.You made my life full with your caring heart and your love for me, I'll see you again and we'll walk by the river of life together.Thank you for being my sweet wonderful husband. You made life fun and happy. See ya honey. Your loving wife Wilma

David Bolender

September 9, 2012

I love you, Russ. You are, and always will be, with me.

Karen Kelly

September 8, 2012

Love you, Russ. We will all miss you.
"Little" sister,