Alfred F. Bolte, 91, of Bowman, N.D. died Aug 14, 2013 at the West River Regional Hospital in Hettinger, N.D.Published August 21, 2013
Alfred F. Bolte, 91, of Bowman, N.D. died Aug 14, 2013 at the West River Regional Hospital in Hettinger, N.D. Funeral Services for Alfred were Aug. 17, 2013 at the Bowman Lutheran Church, Bowman. Pastor Charles Swanson officiated with burial following at the Bowman Cemetery, Bowman.
Alfred Frederick Bolte was born Dec. 2, 1921, to Anton and Dorthea (Alpert) Bolte in Richardton, N.D. He attended Regent High School. Three days after his high school graduation, June 2, 1942, Alfred joined the Navy. He served in the Navy until Feb.10, 1946, when he was honorably discharged.
July 1, 1946, Alfred married Evelyn Ann Buzalasky, in Baker, Mont. They made their first home on a farm near Lemmon, S.D., where Lynda and Lynn were born.
In 1948, their home was flooded. They purchased Evelyn’s parent’s family farm in Slope County near Amidon, N.D. While living there, four more children were born, Randy, Becky, Scott and Karen. After a few years on the farm, the family moved to Delmer Schade’s farm where Alfred worked as a hired hand for three years.
Alfred and Evelyn later moved to Bowman, where he worked as a custodian at the Bowman School. Alfred then began working as the custodian of the Bowman County Courthouse where he worked for twenty one years until his retirement in 1993. During his custodial work at the Bowman County Courthouse, Alfred and Evelyn were also the custodians of the Bowman Lutheran Church for 18 years. Alfred enjoyed riding his bike and gardening was a favorite pastime. He was also a lifetime member of the American Legion.
In 1999, Alfred received the John Campanious Award for Outstanding Service in Cooperative Weather Observer program. Only twenty five of these awards are presented each year. Alfred continued to read the local weather for years after his retirement. Alfred will be greatly missed and remembered for his kindness to others.
Alfred was preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Dorthea, his wife Evelyn, his daughter Lynda, three brothers, Howard, Lois and Tony, and one sister, Dorthea. Alfred is survived by five children, Lynn (Jeannette) of Vancouver, Wash., Randy (Donna) of Bowman, N.D., Scott (Teri) of Belle Fourche, S.D., Becky (Gary) Salzsieder of Bowman, N.D, and Karen (Bryon) of Belle Fourche, S.D. He is also survived by two sisters, Agnes Fuson of Wenatchee, Wash. and Louise Turner of Chatsworth, Calif. and twin brothers, Walt of Regent, N.D. and Wallace of Bismarck, N.D. Alfred was additionally survived by twelve grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.