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Richard Keith Bollenbacher, 80

Richard Keith Bollenbacher, 80, died Friday, June 4, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
He was born March 31, 1930 in Chattanooga, Ohio, the son of Francis and Beatrice (Merriman) Bollenbacher.
The family moved to Berne when he was 12 and to Fort Wayne in 1952.
He married Grace Kelly on October 16, 1954 in Anderson.  He was an avid sports fan and was a manager for Times Corner Little League for several years.  He was a longtime season ticket holder with the Fort Wayne Komets and faithfully followed them on the radio when he could no longer attend the games. He enjoyed Cincinnati Reds baseball, Colts football and IU basketball as well as NASCAR racing. He also enjoyed fishing, playing golf, bowling and traveling.
He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean conflict. He worked as a truck driver for TMX and retired after 27 years as a truck driver for Erie Haven. After retirement, he was a courier for Cardinal Health for 14 years.  He also served as a volunteer fireman for  the Wayne Township Fire Department for 23 years.  
He is survived by his wife, Grace, and son, Robert Bollenbacher, both of Fort Wayne and daughters Nancy (Jon) Schoenle and Janet (Dan Stahl) of Fort Wayne, and Jill (Phil) Coons of Columbia City. Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, Jeffrey Schoenle of Pittsfield, Maine; Leah Schoenle of Fort Wayne; John (J.P.) Stahl of Columbia City; Daniel (Zeb) Stahl, currently serving with the U.S. Army; and Riley, Payton and Kirby Coons of Columbia City. Also surviving are several favorite nieces and nephews, including Ning (Mike) Sanderson of Fort Wayne. He is also survived by one sister, Elaine (Bill) Bondy of Estero, Fla., and sister-in-law, Cynthia Bollenbacher of Fort Smith, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Roger.
Funeral service was held Monday at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton's Winchester Road Chapel. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Preferred memorials to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home or Cancer Services of NE Indiana.


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