The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 19, 2012

Obituaries — Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012


Clovis R. Bolen

HAVRE de GRACE, Md. — Clovis R. Bolen, of Havre de Grace, passed away surrounded by family on Monday, December 17, 2012. He was 87.

He was born in Princewick, West Virginia, to Levi and Zelphia Jane Bolen.

He was the devoted husband of Ramona Bolen for 62 years. He was the loving father of Rodney Averitt and his wife Becky of Spring, Texas, Dennis Bolen and his wife Nancy of Havre de Grace, Darryl Bolen and his wife Sally of Greenville, Ill.

Mr. Bolen was the adored grandfather of Dennis Bolen Jr., and his wife Ann Marie, Rodney Bolen and his wife JoAnn, Dr. Suzanne Buschjost and her husband Dr. Matt Buschjost, Kirk Bolen and his wife Amanda, Darren Averitt, and Jennifer Fairy and her husband Rick. He had 14 great-grandchildren. He was the dear brother of Dolores MacDonald and her husband Ralph, and the late Jim Bolen, Berland Bolen, Asa Bolen, Bobby Bolen, Melva Graham, and Trifina Bolen.

Mr. Bolen served in the U.S. Army during World War II, then served in the Maryland Defense Force for several years. He was a member of First Christian Church and was interested in local politics. He worked as the First Code Administrator for the City of Havre de Grace until his retirement in 1992. He and his wife Ramona were local entrepreneurs, and owned the Ra Bo Company. He was a life member of the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, Concord Point Lighthouse, Susquehanna Lockhouse Museum, Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy, and the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. He was a member of the Elks Lodge 1564 and a life member of the American Legion Post 47. Mr. Bolen was also a member of the Young at Heart Club for 11 years. He was also Past Chairman of the Fourth of July Committee in Havre de Grace.

Mr. Bolen adored his family and loved people. He was a building contractor and managed concrete pipe plants. He was a former Boy Scout leader, former member of the Susquehanna Hose Company, and served on the First Christian Church Board for many years.

A viewing will be held on Friday, December 21, 2012, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., at Zellman Funeral Home, P.A., 123 South Washington St., Havre de Grace, MD 21078.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2012, at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church, 800 Giles Street, Havre de Grace, Md. Pastor Ronald L. Tabor will officiate. Interment will be held at Harford Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Rob Mitchell, Rodney Bolen, Dominick Bolen, Kirk Bolen, Dr. Matt Buschjost and Dennis Bolen Jr.

Contributions may be made in his memory to First Christian Church.

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