Bolln, Francis "Butch" Otto (March 24, 1942 - January 18, 1998)

Francis Otto "Butch" Bolln

Douglas Budget - January 21, 1998

Funeral services for Francis Otto "Butch" Bolln, 55, a lifelong resident and businessman of Douglas, will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Douglas Recreation Center Gymnasium.

The Rev. Bill Moore of First United Methodist Church and Fr. John Murray of Saint James Catholic Church will officiate. Interment will be in the family plot at Douglas Park Cemetery.

Mr. Bolln died Sunday, Jan. 18, at Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas following a bout with cancer.

He was born March 24, 1942, in Douglas to Otto Reid "Beef" and Beverly Frances (Gorman) Bolln. He was reared and educated in Douglas, graduating from Douglas High School in 1960 where he was active in football, basketball and track. He attended the University of Wyoming, graduating in 1969 with a degree in business.

He married Gay Turner on Jan. 22, 1967, in Douglas. He entered into business with his father, becoming the third generation owner/operator of Bolln's Food Market in downtown Douglas.

For several years, he was the sponsor of a fast pitch baseball team from Douglas and he played the position of catcher. He enjoyed flying his airplane, boating, water sports and, after the age of 50, he started riding and taking trips on his Harley Davidson. Butch, Gay and their daughter, Marnie took a four-day trip riding 22 different roller coasters in the United States. Butch loved to participate in any fun loving adventures and activities. He loved all University of Wyoming sports and was an avid supporter of them through the Cowboy Joe Club.

At the local level he was a philanthropist and very supportive of many community projects.

He is survived by his wife Gay and daughter Marnie Bolln, both of Douglas; sister Ann "Sukey" Obrzut of Greeley, Colo . and stepsister Judy Dickenson of Richardson, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his father and his mother; a stepmother, Virginia; his son Britton Otto Bolln; and stepbrother Terry Rider.

Serving as pallbearers will be Dick Berryman, Bernie Seebaum, Duane McKee, Jim Felton, Butch Scott, Pat Hand, Jim Willox, Peter Mike Curtin, Chuck Kern and H.R. Johnston. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Carl Williams, John Nida, Max Squires, Bill Gray, Mike Sullivan and all of his many other friends.

A memorial to the Douglas Youth Center in care of Converse County Bank, P.O. Box 689, Douglas or to Converse County Cancer Fund in care of Pat Hand, Drawer 49, Douglas, would be appreciated by the family.

Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas is in charge of the arrangements.

Family and friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 9-11 a.m.

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