Amel Bolyard

Amel Wayne Bolyard

Thursday, September 26th, 1940 - Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
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Amel Wayne “Bud” Bolyard, 78, of Kenosha, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at his home.

Born on September 26, 1940, in Otego Twsp., IL, he was the son of the late Everett and Martha (Marquis) Bolyard. On October 22, 2010 he married Linda Nelson.

He worked as a tool and die maker and spent over 30 years at Gateway Tool and Die in both Kenosha and Racine. Most recently, he worked for the City of Kenosha, delivering The Happenings magazine.

Amel proudly served in the U.S. Air Force; he was a member of the Schultz-Hahn American Legion Post #293 Silver Lake, WI and American Legion Post #21 Kenosha, WI. He served as Commander for Post #21 as well as county wide Commander for one term. He also opened the DMZ bar at the Kenosha Post and ran it for many years.

Amel was a kind and generous man. He loved baseball, and for over 25 years he volunteered his time to coach little league, pony league, Bradford Baseball, and the Legion team. Amel also coached his daughter’s basketball team. He was a very proud grandfather and cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren. He will be missed by all who ever met him.

Survivors include his wife, Linda; three children, Suzanne (Ryan) Gelinskey of Franksville, WI, Todd (Jill) Bolyard of Caledonia, WI and Chris (Jackie) Bolyard of Kenosha, WI; grandchildren, Gage Gelinskey, Reed Gelinskey, Sabrina Willems, Nicolina Swanson, Taylor Bolyard, and Sydney Bolyard; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, Amel was preceded in death by his sister, Aloris Johnson and former spouse, Trudi (McKean) Bolyard.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28th at Proko Funeral Home. Funeral services with full military honors will commence at 6:00 p.m. A chapel service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29th at Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove, WI. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to a family memorial.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street Phone: 262-654-3533
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    5111-60th Street
    KENOSHA, WI 53144
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 | 6:00pm
    Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 6:00pm
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    5111-60th Street
    KENOSHA, WI 53144
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Chaplain Roger Saas
  • Interment

    Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 2:00pm
    Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery
    21731 Spring Street
    Union Grove, WI 53182
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Meeting at cemetery - no procession


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Cheryl Moe

Posted at 10:29pm
Dear Linda, and to all the Bolyard family, my husband Don and I extend our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Amel was a kind and generous man and we will miss him. May the Lord keep you in his care and bring you his Peace. From Cheryl and Don Moe.

Nancy Davis

Posted at 02:50pm
Chris, may memories of your father comfort you and your family during this very difficult time. So sorry for your loss...Nancy Davis

Mary Lou Johnson

Posted at 09:42am
I am so sorry Linda! He will be deeply missed by us all. He will be forever in your heart and memories as he will be in everyone's whose life he touched! Stay strong, and prayers to you and the whole family! Love you. Mary Lou Johnson

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Barbara Hazlett

Posted at 09:22am
Suzanne, we know you will take good care of the plants, thinking of all of you, from Barb and Lee Hazlett and Ryan Kerner
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