Melvin F. Bolinger

May 7, 1912 - February 12, 2010

Melvin Franklin Bolinger passed away on February 12, 2010 in Plano, Texas. Mel Bolinger was born to Stella and Frank Bolinger on May 7, 1912 in Thayer, Kansas. He married Grace Weirich on June 7, 1930, in Parsons, Kansas. After working for the MKT (Katy) Railroad for 37 years, in 1965, he and grace moved to Kansas City, Missouri to become a part of an up and coming new business, Comet Electronics, Inc. In 1977 he retired and they moved to Plano, Texas. Mel enjoyed playing golf with his buddies and traveling to his favorite places such as, Hawaii and Europe. He and Grace never missed a grandchild’s event or spending holidays either in Plano, Wichita, or wherever the kids were. Later years, taking care of his loving wife Grace was his main purpose in life. After her death he moved to Evergreen Independent Living. Until his sudden death, he drove to church every Sunday, loved playing Bingo, “Move Baby Move” exercise class, Wednesday church services, and all his adoring friends at Evergreen. He is preceded in death by his wife Grace; brother, Vern Bolinger; son-in-law, Patrick Regan; and great-granddaughter, Melissa. He is survived by his daughters, Joyce Stephens and her husband Norm of Plano, Texas, and June Regan of Aurora, Colorado; eight grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Cleo Dringenberg of Parsons, Kansas, and Dessie Gatton of Rocklin, California. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 3160 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, Texas 75074. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Monday, February 15, 2010, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel, Hwy 75, exit 38, Ridgeview Drive, Allen, Texas. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends during a visitation prior to service from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

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Sorry to hear of the passing of Melvin. We always edjoyed our visits with Melvin and Grace when we travelled from our home in Georgetown, TX to visit Elaine's mother in Parsons, Kansas May the good Lord be with you all. Gerald and Elaine Powell, February 23, 2010 June, I wish to express my sympathy for the loss of your father. May you continue to enjoy life in Colordo. Sincerely, Charley Charley Burch, February 22, 2010 Joyce, Norm I'm sure your father was ready to be with his life love and Lord, I enjoyed seeing you both in Parsons at the Hotel and miss my friends your sons. Only a fine bunch like yours could have come from such fine parents as you and Norm came from. Anthony J. Hills, February 18, 2010 What an honor and great memories to live next door to Mel and Grace. From the first day we meet, we felt like they were family. We had wonderful visits with them. We loved listening to Mel's stories of his days with the railroad, and hanging out in the yard discussing flowers. We miss our days on Mollimar with them. Our lives were truly touched by their influence. They were so much in love with each other, and made us feel very special as their neighbors. God bless and comfort his very special family. Sam & Judy McNeely, February 16, 2010 As hair stylist, I have had the pleasure of knowing and providing professional services to the Bolinger family. I have always been treated as 'family' by Grace and Mel, and have fond memories of knowing them. I am very grateful that "God put them in my way". My prayers are with the family, especially June, Joyce and Norm with whom I truly enjoy knowing. Linda G. Bys, February 14, 2010