Walter Bolton, age 71, of Milbank, SD, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2023, at Milbank Area Hospital Avera Health.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 17, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Milbank, SD. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Mundwiler Funeral Home in Milbank. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in the Milbank Cemetery.
Walter Mack Bolton was born on November 6, 1951, in Lexington, MO, to Adrian Sr. and Susie (Coats) Bolton. He grew up in Lexington and graduated high school with the Class of 1969. After graduation, Walter worked several jobs until he moved to Duluth, MN, in January of 1970.
In March of 1970, Walt started working for Minnesota Power as an apprentice lineman. He then worked his way up to Journeyman Lineman in 1976. Walt moved to Sisseton, SD, to work for Ottertail Power Company, then moved to Elkton, SD, all in one year. He relocated to Clear Lake, SD, for 24 good years prior to making Milbank, SD, his home in 2000. Walt continued to work for Ottertail for 39 years before retiring. While working for Ottertail, he received many awards for “thinking outside the box”.
On June 16, 2007, Walter was united in marriage with Pat Marquardt in Milbank, SD. The two lived happily in Milbank until his passing.
Walt loved his community and was involved with the Jaycees on the local and state levels. He spent many years working with their handicap camp in Baltic, SD. Walt also spent 15 years working with the Hugh O’Brien Youth Seminar. He was an active member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Milbank where he served as an usher and greeter for many years.
Many fell in love with Walt’s infectious smile and his love for life. He always made others feel loved and special.
Walt is survived by his wife, Pat Bolton of Milbank, SD; two grandchildren: Chandler (Tara) Bolton of Bloomington, MN; and Angel Bolton of Bemidji, MN; sister, Mary Jane Bolton of Lexington, MO; sister-in-law, Doris Bolton; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; son, Anthony “Tony” Bolton; sister, Sophie Mae Bolton Hayes; and brothers: Adrian Bolton, Jr. and Berkley January.