Kenneth Wade Bollman, 85, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Born on November 28, 1931, in Nappanee, Indiana, he was a son of the late Roy A. and Mabel V. Bollman.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Oleta Bollman; children, Myron (Josie) Bollman, Gerry (Pam) Bollman, Rick (Marj) Bollman and Michele Bollman; grandchildren, Emily (Joe) Buller, Jill (Dan) Cassidy, Andrew Bollman, Brad (Jessica) Bollman, Erika Bollman, Amy (Bobby) Prieto and Sara Bollman; great-grandchildren, Kathryn and Madelyn Cassidy, Ella, Amelia, Jackson, Annabelle and Lila Bollman; sisters, Glenwyn (Ken) Vos and Shirley (Dan) Bricker; brother, Sherlin (Nadine) Bollman. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Charlene Ferguson.
He was employed in the grocery/food business all his life from being as a stock boy at Krogers as a teenager to selling homemade noodles across the eastern part of the United States until he retired. Over the years, he was a salesman calling on grocery stores across northern Indiana, Michigan and eastern Ohio and managed a food brokerage in Fort Wayne. He also served on the board of directors of Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, Fort Wayne Food Brokers Association, the local Ten Thousand Villages Store, The Dove's Nest Thrift Shop and Little Eden Camp in Michigan.
He was a member of North Leo Mennonite Church where he was actively involved on the Board of Directors, teaching Sunday School and Facilities Management (tackling many maintenance projects). In addition to his church involvement, he was a bass singer for the Burden Lifters southern gospel quartet. He ministered with this group for 16 years singing in 13 different states and Canada. The Burden Lifters made 6 albums including 8-tracks and cassettes.
One of his joys was his family. Being a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather brought him many blessings. He became an avid Purdue fan after two of his sons graduated from there and attended many sporting events with them as well as doing a variety of activities with all family members.
Funeral service will be gin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 8, at North Leo Mennonite Church, 15419 State Road 1, Leo, officiated by Pastor Conrad Mast, with calling one hour prior. Calling will also be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at the church. Burial will be in Bowers Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorial donations may be given to the Mennonite Central Committee, a worldwide relief agency of the Mennonite Church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne. For online condolences please visit www.hockemeyermillerfh.com
Published on May 3, 2017