James W. "Penny" Bolten, Sr. passed away Feb. 10, 2008, at the age of 91. He had been in excellent health most of his life. He was proud that he rarely ever saw a doctor or took prescribed medicine until January, 2007 when he survived a heart attack. James was born Jan. 9, 1917 in Bellville to Freda Hoffman Bolten and Baldie Bolten. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Otto Edward Bolten, a sister Merle Janet Farrow, Elsie Hillmer Bolten, his first wife of 44 years and Faye Wright Bolten his second wife of 16 years. He is survived by his son, James W. Bolten, Jr., his daughter-in-law, Charlene D. Bolten, three grandchildren, Matthew Bolten, Stephanie Bolten and Jason Bolten, and one great grandchild, Colby James Bolten, all of Cypress, Texas. James began a 40-year career with the Dow Chemical Company as a welder in January, 1942. He enlisted into the Army Air Corp in October, 1942 and served his country until he was discharged in December, 1945. He rejoined Dow as a welder and survived several serious plant explosions until his retirement. James was a man of faith. He spoke of having Bible study with his grandmother, when he was growing up. He volunteered and was in many supporting roles at the churches he attended throughout his life. James loved to travel. He traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad. He loved to tell jokes and stories and kept many people laughing. He would even send in some of his stories to the Readers Digest, for them to consider in their publications. He loved to play dominoes. He was invited to join a weekly domino group, assisting handicap players. He continued to play with this group for 27 years, loving every minute of it. He used to joke that as long as he kept score, no one could beat him. He loved being outdoors and would bar-b-que at any given opportunity. He enjoyed woodwork, making birdhouses and doll houses for adults and children for many years. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Feb, 13, 2008 at Henneke Funeral Home with Pastor Jeffrey Marsh officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Memorial services will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, Lake Jackson, Texas on February 15, 2008 at 11 a.m. Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus was in charge of arrangements.
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