Bolln, Otto "Beef" Reid (March 27, 1912 - August 4, 1991)

Otto Reid 'Beef' Bolln

Douglas Budget - August 7, 1991

Funeral services for Otto Reid "Beef" Bolln, 79, will be held Thursday, Aug. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Douglas High School Rec Center with Rev. Jon Laughlin of the First United Methodist Church officiating.

Interment will be in the family plot at the Douglas Park Cemetery.

Mr. Bolln died suddenly at his mountain cabin at Esterbrook, on Sunday, Aug. 4, 1991 from an apparent heart attack.

He was born March 27, 1912 in Douglas, the son of Waldo H. and Margaret(Reid)Bolln. He was reared and educated in Douglas, graduating from the Douglas High School in 1930, and then attended and graduated from the University of Southern California in 1934 with a degree in General Engineering.

He worked for a couple of years in California and then returned to Douglas in February 1936 and went into partnership with his father in the Peyton Bolln Grocery Store.

In 1940 he purchased the other half of the store from his mother, and then in 1970 his son Butch bought into the store. In 1983 he sold the remaining interest to Butch. He continued working at the store for his son, and attending to other business and civic affairs until the time of his death.

He was active in the community of Douglas and Converse County for over 50 years. He was involved with the Kiwanis Club, Douglas Area Chamber of Commerce, Wyoming Pioneer Association, Douglas Housing Authority Board, State Recreation Commission, Converse County Parks and Recreation Board, Converse County Youth Foundation.

He was founder of the Little League Baseball Program in Douglas, served on the Converse County School Board in the 1950s, instrumental in the construction of the old high school in Douglas, active on the Douglas Development Corporation, promoted to the financing for the booster stations for the Douglas radio station and for receiving TV into Douglas, promoted the building of Michael Manor.

He was a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ, Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8, Moose Lodge #602, National Federation of Independent Business, Wyoming Retail Merchant Association, Rocky Mountain Food Dealers, and the Wyoming Cowboy Joe Club.

He was married to Beverly Gorman on June 3, 1941 in Casper, and she died on Aug. 25, 1956. He then married Virginia(Fitzgerald)Hylton on Sept. 19, 1958 in Chicago, Ill.

He served in the United States Army during World War II. He was also instrumental in the construction of the new Congregational United Church of Christ.

He was loved by his children and grandchildren. He believed in the democratic process and the American Way of Life.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia, of Douglas; one son, Butch Bolln, of Douglas; one daughter, Sukey Obrzut of Greeley, Colo.; one stepson, Terry Rider of Douglas; one stepdaughter, Judy Dickenson of Richardson, Texas; one sister, Margaret Curry of Yucaipa. Calif.; and four grandchildren, Marnie Bolln of Douglas, Krystopher Obrzut of Greeley, and Terry Rider and Randy Rider both of Douglas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; and one grandson, Britton Bolln on July 5, 1988.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jim Willox, Bill Gray, Mike Sullivan, John Nida, Max Squires, Mike Perrotti, Bud Turner, Bill Oak, Gene Risha, and Pat Hand.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Earl Scott, Harry Johnston, Lawrence Larson, Lee Peterson, Dr. Bill Hinrichs, and all of his other fishing buddies and friends.

A memorial to the Wyoming Pioneer Association or to the Converse County Youth Foundation in care of the Converse Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box X, Douglas, Wyo. 82633 would be appreciated by the family.

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

Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, ,from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Thursday, from 8 to 11 a.m.