Bolton, age 89, of Dune Acres, Indiana passed away June 10, 2018.
Born September 5,
1928 in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, to Raymond and Margaret (Benjamin) Bolton,
Ben is survived and missed by daughter Sara (Lee) McKinley, sons David,
Steven, and Aaron (Becky) Bolton, grandchildren Kelsey Bolton and Aaron
He was preceded in
death by his parents, his former wife Sylvia, and several of his Dune Acres
Friday Morning Breakfast Club pals.
state-side in the U.S. Army, Ben earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at
Lafayette College, followed by an M.B.A. from Northwestern University. His
career with Standard Oil/Amoco/BP began in Whiting as a chemical engineer.
He later became Director of Chemical Research and secured a number of
patents on his inventions.
Ben and his family
lived in Wheaton, Illinois, Whiting, Miller Beach, and Porter Beach before
moving to Dune Acres 28 years ago. His intended retirement in Dune Acres
developed into a long career of community service. He held the positions of
Road Commission and Water Commissioner before serving three consecutive
terms on the Town Council. His family remembers frequent phone calls at home
from town residents needing assistance, which could result Ben heading out
with a snow shovel, a bow saw or anything else needed to remedy the reported
Ben also served as
an Income Tax Preparer Volunteer, Literacy Volunteer, and worked with
Habitat for Humanity. He still found time for golf, working out at the gym,
biking, swimming, sailing, kayaking and cross-country skiing.
Even when Ben’s
health deteriorated, he enjoyed sitting on his Dune Acres’ deck, soaking up
the sun and listening to the birds (“they sure are loud”.) Ben’s family
extends special appreciation to Dunes Hospice, and all the other home care
providers, along with his special caregivers, “the Jessica’s.”
under the care of White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton, IN.