Cecil Webster Bolander was born on April 18, 1925 in a homestead shack in Wray, Colorado to Noah McClellan and Gertrude “Gertie” (Frampton) Bolander, the 6th child of eleven. He passed away on February 12, 2012. Cecil accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at age 13 in the Baptist Church in Humansville, Missouri and was baptized in Brush Creek. He was on his own from age 9.
Cecil joined the Navy during World War II and was assigned to the destroyer the USS Sullivans. He was in many battles against the Japanese in the Phillipines, Guam, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, 17 major battles and the convoy of the Cripples Battle. He was on a tour of duty at Advance Navy Base 13 in China. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
He was married to Hazel Farrar until her death. He later married Bettie Garrison.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, wife Hazel, three sisters, Selma, Mona, June, and three brothers, Alvin, Dale and Dean.
Survivors include his loving wife Bettie, daughters Deona and Marla, son Monty, brother Franklin, sisters Beryle Jean, Victorine, and Garnet, 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends, and his dog Speckle.
Cecil started farming in 1946 and continued all his life. He raised turkeys, cows, hogs and grain. His hobbies included photography, fishing, dancing, woodworking, and watching his grandchildren play basketball games.
He was a very loving, generous, and patriotic person.