Arde Orlen Bollinger, age 80, of Gilmanton passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at his home.
He was born on July 9, 1935 in Gilmanton to the late Leonard Lee and Nora (Peterson) Bollinger. As a young boy, Arde would accompany his dad both on the farm doing chores and helping him as they placed the first telephone poles and lines throughout the Midwest. Arde attended and graduated from Gilmanton High School. Upon graduation, Arde joined and served our Country as a dedicated member of the United States Navy serving during the Korean Conflict and was stationed aboard the USS Hamul. Arde was honorably discharged in 1958. On September 12, 1959, Arde was united in marriage to Margie Ann Prissel at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mondovi. To this union, 4 children were born. Arde farmed his entire life in the Gilmanton area. In 1974 he and his wife moved to a farm in Dover Township farming side by side where they have resided there ever since. He was also an owner/operator and trucked over the road many years as well as drove school bus for the Gilmanton School District. Arde was a two time elected County Board Member and was a proud lifetime member of the Forrest-Gunderson-Klevgard American Legion, Post 264 in Gilmanton and was a three time post commander. Arde enjoyed hunting, fishing both locally or during his annual trip with his family to Canada, sitting around a campfire, listening to music of local bands, especially The Classics, singing, and dancing the jitterbug with his wife. He was a true, genuine and loving husband, dad, grandpa and great grandpa and his memory will never leave the hearts of those blessed to know him.
Arde will be forever missed by his wife of the past 56 years, Margie of Gilmanton; 4 children, Dean (Terri) of Menomonie, Lori (Bruce) Olson of Mondovi, Dale (Julie) of Eau Claire and Brian (Candi) of Mondovi; 10 grandchildren, Cheyann, Shauna and Lenny; Alisha (Fiance’, Grant) Olson and Travis Olson; Cody, Seth, and Brady; Cierra and Bryce; 1 great granddaughter, Ellie; sister Arleen (Arnold) Prissel of Mondovi, Larry and Carol Carothers of Durand and Doris Prissel of Mondovi; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends, especially the friendship of Doug Quarberg.
Besides his parents, Arde was preceded in death by his brother Orlen and sister Ruth.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Central Lutheran Church, Mondovi with pastor Rolf Morck officiating. Burial will follow at the Gilmanton Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Talbot Family Funeral Home, Mondovi Chapel and again on Wednesday from 1:00 PM until the hour of the service.