Henry Bolte

Henry H. Bolte, 88, of Albert City, died on Aug. 3, 2017, at Pocahontas Community Hospital.

Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 7, at Evangelical Covenant Church in Albert City. Burial was in Fairfield Township Cemetery in Albert City. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of arrangements.

Henry Herman Bolte, the son of Fritz and Lena (Brummer) Bolte, was born in Storm Lake on Sept. 9, 1928. He lived his youth in the Albert City vicinity and received his education at Truesdale School. Henry was baptized at his home in 1928 and confirmed at St. John’s Evangelical Reformed Church of rural Newell in 1942. He faithfully served his country as a sergeant in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from Jan. 3, 1951 until his honorable discharge on Dec. 20, 1952.

Henry was united in marriage to Marilyn Murphy on Sept. 27, 1953, in Arlington, and the couple was blessed with four children: their twins, Arlin Lee and Evelyn Marie, Douglas Eugene and Patricia Ann. The first year of married life was on a farm northeast of Albert City and the remainder of their married lifetime has been on their current farm west of Albert City.  He was truly devoted to his farming vocation having been a farmer from age 16 until he was 85-years-old. 

He was a faithful member of tEvangelical Covenant Church of Albert City. Music was an important part of Henry’s life and he was gifted in playing the button accordion, harmonica and trumpet. He played with his Jolly Polka Band for over 25 years and was often featured on the Barn Dance broadcast from Fort Dodge and for many dances in the area. Even though Henry could not read music, he was able to play any song that he would hear.  He was a member of Albert City American Legion Post 299 where he served as a past commander and treasurer and a member of VFW Post 3533 of Laurens and was a member of Albert City Improvement Corporation. He was also a member of Albert City Historical Museum.

Henry’s life is loved and cherished by his family which include his wife of 63 years, Marilyn, of Albert City; his children: Arlin (Mary) Bolte of Albert City; Evelyn (Robert) Franker of Peterson; Douglas (Tonda) Bolte of Albert City; and Patricia (Michael) Schuett of Fort Mill, S.C.; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; other extended family and his many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ervin; and two sisters: Dorothy Nelson and Marian Kruse.