Jeffery Leonard Bolton was born on May 26, 1955, to Leonard and Patricia (Olsen) Bolton in Denison, Iowa.
Jeff attended school in Dunlap and later took agricultural classes through Iowa State in 1977 and 1978.
Jeff completed all the pre-requisite’s through the FAA and was granted his private pilot license. Jeff farmed for over 25 years with his father.
Jeff married Mary Kuhlman in 1976, and to this union three children were born: Brian, Jamie Lynn and Brandon.
In 2000, he retired from farming and moved to Omaha, Nebraska. Jeff was very talented and found work building sun room additions, and remodeling kitchens and bathrooms.
Jeff was very mechanically inclined and was employed by auto dealerships in Omaha and Council Bluffs. Jeff met Penny in 2003, and the couple married in 2018 in Manning, Iowa. In 2015, Jeff and Penny both retired and returned to Dunlap. Unfortunately, Jeff was diagnosed with esophageal cancer which took his life.
Jeff’s passion was to fly airplanes. He built a helicopter in the early 1970s and several other planes throughout his life.
He was working on his dream plane.He almost had it finished, but he just ran out of time. The man was “plane crazy."
Jeff enjoyed camping and looked forward each year to go to the Air Adventure Show in Oshkosh, Wis. It is the largest air show sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association, which Jeff had been a member since 1977.
More than anything, Jeff was proud of his children and grandchildren.
Jeffery died on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at the age of 64 years, eight months and 25 days, at his home on hospice care.
He is survived by his wife, Penny Bolton; mother, Patricia Kelly; father, Leonard Bolton; three children, Brian Bolton, of Neola, Iowa, Jamie (Will) Thomsen, of Sioux Rapids, Iowa, and Brandon Bolton, of Woodbine, Iowa; two step-children, Jason Spry and Robin Spry, both of Omaha; six grandchildren; four siblings, Linda (Alan) Dane and Bonnie (Bob) Peterson all of Omaha, Julie (Jim) Thrasher of Buckeye, Ariz., and Steve (Felicia) Bolton, of Palm Harbor, Florida; step-sister, Jenneane (Dan) Hendon and step-brother David Glenn all of Dunlap; and many other relatives and friends.
A funeral service was held on Friday, February 28, 2020, at St. John Lutheran Church in Dunlap, Iowa. The celebrant of the service was Pastor Steve Pera.
The musicians were Judd Kirk and Sharon Shelton. The musical selections were, "I Can Only Imagine", "Wind Beneath My Wings" and "Somewhere Over The Rainbow". There was a congregational hymn of “Amazing Grace”.
The honorary pallbearers were Jeff’s grandchildren: Karlie Bolton, Madison Thomsen, Corbin Bolton, Tege Thomsen, Bricen Bolton, and Lenny Bolton. The pallbearers were Brian Bolton, Brandon Bolton, Tim Struble, Brad Walker, Chuck Bonsall, and Chad Barry.
Jeff’s final resting place is at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Dunlap. Fouts Funeral Home in Dunlap was in charge of arrangements.