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Floyd David Bolin, 68

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Floyd David Bolin, 68, died Friday, Aug. 14, at United Hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota, from complications resulting from pneumonia.

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He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary (Huber) Bolin; his son, Justin Bolin (Ocoee, Fla.) and his wife, Marisa Cooke-Bolin, their children Chloe, Sadie, and Harrison, and daughter, Jaclyn (Bolin) Bechel (Elmwood, Wis.) and her husband Eric Bechel and their children, Braeden and Bryce; along with many beloved extended family members and dear friends.

Preceded in death by his parents.

Born Dec. 6, 1945, in Red Wing, Minn., to Floyd and Myrtle (Smith) Bolin. Floyd, known to most as David, was raised near Ellsworth, Wis., on Garden Acres where his parents ran a truck farm; providing local grocery stores and restaurants with vegetables. Floyd married Mary Huber of Prescott Wis., Nov. 3, 1973, and has resided in rural Prescott ever since.

Floyd graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1964. After graduation he served as a medic in the U.S. Army from 1965-1968. After serving, he received his Associates Degree in Human Services from Inver Hills Community College. Following graduation he worked for the State of Minnesota at the State Hospital in Hastings, Minnesota, for 10 years until the hospital closed. Following his work with the state, he worked as a boiler operator at N-Ren in Rosemount, Minn., for six years, and then for 3M as a boiler operator/stationary engineer for the next 20 years until he was no longer able to work.

Floyd loved spending time with family and friends. An avid bowler and golfer, until a spinal cord injury in the summer of 2004 sidelined his activity. In his later years, Floyd enjoyed being with and spectating his family's activities and most of all spending time with his five grandchildren

An animal lover, he always enjoyed his dogs and loved watching the birds. Floyd was a very giving and compassionate man who always lived life to the fullest. A huge heart that sadly quit beating, way too soon.

"He took his personal setbacks with grace and dignity, and never lost his faith, his kindness, his interest in the world about him, or his sense of humor. By his example, he taught me a lot about what it means to live with adversity, and I'm certain I'm not alone. He has passed on, but his legacy lives on".

Visitation will be at Hill Funeral home from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, and a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, at Saint John's United Church of Christ in Oak Grove, rural Prescott, Wis.

A memorial will be set up in Floyd's name to benefit spinal cord injury research.

Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Prescott, Wis., is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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