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“As a sub-contractor for a number of years, I came to respect Bill as an honest and fair business man. It was obvious that he was extremely...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Lyle Snyder - Inverness, FL

“Glenwood will always remember the vision Bill had for the project at Glenwoodie. His desire to build a home with his grandchildren had me as mayor...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Kerry Durkin - Glenwood, IL

“Dear Mrs. Bolker and familyI met Bill in Elwood. He discussed buying some of our land. He built a quality product at a fair price. A very...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: dennis OConnor - Elwood, IL

“Dear Claudia,We were so sorry to learn of Bill's passing. We have fond memories of spending time with both of you on Roper trips and home builder...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“So Sorry for your loss, Bill was a good person. ”
5 of 24 | Posted by: Sue Hren - New Lenox, IL

“So sorry for your loss claudia--i have fond memories of bill and i in the marines together and living in new lenox ”
6 of 24 | Posted by: Frank Schwab - Venice, FL

“Mrs. Bolker and family,My thoughts and prayers are for you. I have nothing but fond memories. ”
7 of 24 | Posted by: Jason Misischia - Sarasota, FL

“Willie was the sweetest guy and was so much fun. Loved his blue Ford! Also my boy friend for 3 years in high school. He knew how to treat a lady! I ”
8 of 24 | Posted by: Raydene Harris - Phoenix, AZ

“So sorry for you loss . Bill was a great man. He build my store back in the late 1960's Lincoln-way Electronics . ”
9 of 24 | Posted by: WILLIAM LANDER - WILMINGTON, IL

“I am truly sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort give you peace and strength during this difficult time. Psalms 29:11 ”
10 of 24 | Posted by: Mrs. Lynch - Bear, DE

“My sincere condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one. May prayers strengthen you and memories comfort you and may our Lord Jesus...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Jay

“Claudia and Fam: you are in our thoughts and prayers. Please accept our deepest condolences ”
12 of 24 | Posted by: Daniel, Juanita Bolker - Chicago, IL

“Dear Claudia, You are in my prayers and thoughts during this difficult time. You and Bill shared a special lifelong bond and created a beautiful...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Marilyn Glover - Fallbrook, CA

“Claudia & Family, My sympathy to you during this time. Bill has been a great member of our community, and will be missed. Bill and I didn't always...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: James Skiniotes - New Lenox, IL

“Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss in the near future death will be brought to nothing 1Corinthians 25:26 until that time arrives may...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: - Nottingham

“Claudia & Fm.Thoughts and Prayers are with youOur deepest Sympathy.Bud& Gisela ”
16 of 24 | Posted by: Bud& Gisela Straley - Ft. Myers, FL

“We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your family.Bill and Bev Haas ”
17 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“Thoughts and prayers as you celebrate Bill's remarkable life. God Bless the Bolker family. Marv and Judy ”
18 of 24 | Posted by: Marv/Judy Elliott - Fort Myers, FL

“It is with a heavy heart i write to express my condolences. He will be missed greatly by all of us.May God bless you and your family. Our thoughts...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Doug A - Ancaster, FL - Friend

“Dear Claudia & Family,My heart goes out to each & everyone of you. My husband (Harry) & Bill were such good friends. I'm sure they're back to...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“Claudia, you are in my thoughts and prayers. You will always remember, and will eternally love your forever husband! ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: Marjorie Bryant - Alcoa, TN

“The tide recedes but leaves behindbright seashells on the sand.The sun goes down, but gentlewarmth still lingers on the land.The music stops, and yet...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Cheryl Victorine - Chicago, IL

“He lived a life of purpose. He leaves a legacy of service. May your faith in God be your blanket of comfort. ”
23 of 24 | Posted by: Dick and Becky Criscione - FL

“My deepest sympathies to the Bolker family. "Uncle" Bill will be dearly missed. ”
24 of 24 | Posted by: Rebecca Staley - Lockport, IL


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William N. Bolker

age 79, Born on February 3, 1938 and lived in New Lenox his entire life. He entered heaven on February 25, 2017 after a courageous, brave fight. He was a loving husband of 54 years to Claudia (Larson) and a devoted dad to daughters Beverly (Michael) Judge, Kimberly (Jerrold) Davern and Michelle (Eric) O'Neill. He was happiest when around his grandchildren, watching their sporting events or hearing of their adventures. He was an adored Papa of Alexandra (Mark) Guthrie, Morgan (Alec) Hoogland, Olivia Judge, Cailey, Jack and Lauren Davern and Connor, Billy, Brock, and Eli O'Neill. Brother to Mildred Erickson. Preceded in death by his parents Robert and Mary and brothers, Robert and Rudy and one grandson, Michael Edward O'Neill. Bill served in the Marine Corp reserves for 6 years. He was a passionate and gifted land developer and builder. The growth of New Lenox and the Lincoln-Way area were greatly impacted due to his vision, influence and desire for high quality housing and development. Bill loved New Lenox and believed in giving back to the community where he was raised and where he raised his family. He and his wife Claudia built and donated the Performing Art Pavilion as a gift to the residents which has become a gathering place for the community to enjoy July 4th fireworks, concerts throughout the summer and other special events. Bill was well known for his generosity, his hospitality, his desire to do everything with excellence, his incredible mind for business and his deep love of his family and friends. He and Claudia enjoyed spending their winters at their home at The Hideaway in Fort Meyers FL surrounded by many treasured friends from the New Lenox area. He enjoyed golfing, traveling and entertaining, but most of all, planning his next development or project. After starting his own business just after graduating from Lincoln-Way High School in 1956, he was a builder, contractor, and land developer for close to 60 years. As Founder and President of Lincoln-Way Builders and Lincoln-Way Development, he built over 1200 homes, townhouse, and apartments in the Lincoln-Way area and developed an additional 1300 lots. He was also the developer and general contractor of many shopping centers, office buildings and businesses throughout New Lenox and the surrounding area. He was a past member and Past President of the following: New Lenox Lions Club, the New Lenox Chamber of Commerce, the Will-Grundy Home Builders Association, and the Greater Chicago Home Builders Association. Although he never attended summer camp, Bill believed it was life changing in the formative years of his daughters and grandchildren. To honor him, we have established the Bill Bolker Memorial Scholarship fund which will give the gift of summer camp at Red Pine Camp for Girls and Camp Highland for Boys in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, we ask donations may be made to: Bill Bolker Memorial Fund c/o First Bank of Manhattan or the Joliet Area Hospice Home. The family will receive friends at Kurtz Memorial Chapel, 102 E. Francis Rd., New Lenox, IL 60451 on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Funeral Service Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 10:30 AM in the funeral home chapel. Interment Maplewood Cemetery, New Lenox, IL. Info www.kurtzmemorialchapel.com or 815-485-3700