Basil S. Bolstridge


Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2004


  Basil S. Bolstridge

Basil S. Bolstridge

Longtime Sterling resident Basil S. Bolstridge died Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital of complications from many health issues with his family by his side. He was 80.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Nov. 11, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Mr. Bolstridge will be cremated following the viewing. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Abundant Life Assembly of God. Pastor Bob Reasner will officiate at the memorial services. A potluck will follow the memorial service at the Sterling Senior Center.

Mr. Bolstridge was born May 29, 1924, in Portage Lake, Maine. He attended a one-room schoolhouse in Buffalo, Maine. He moved to Alaska in 1954, residing in Anchorage. In 1956, he and his wife, Liz, moved to Sterling. He was self-employed in construction and real estate. He also was a trapper and worked in the oil and gas industry and as a real estate broker.

Mr. Bolstridge was a member of the Elks Club and had many special awards and community service projects to list. He enjoyed trapping, flying Supercubs, gold mining, hunting, fishing and coffee with his buddies at the Round Table.

"Dad was an extraordinary man who touched many people's lives. His family meant everything to him, especially his grandchildren. He was a kind and generous man who had a great influence in many people's lives. He left a footprint in the community with all the developing that he has done over the years. He was a silent contributor to the neighborhood and did a lot for the community," his family said.

"He will be greatly missed by friends and family, especially his talks at the kitchen table. We take comfort in knowing Liz and Basil are together, and we will miss them both."

Mr. Bolstridge was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Viola Bolstridge; his wife, Liz; son, Donald; and sisters, Harriet, Ruth, Eva and Iris.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Iris and Chad Hammond of Sterling, Janice and Dan Bartlett of Prescott, Ariz., and Kathy and Karl Koning of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Trisha Bolstridge of Wasilla, Michael and Becky Bolstridge of Kenai; sons, Stephen Bolstridge of Craydon, Pa., and Scott Bolstridge of Presque Isle, Maine; grandchildren, Ashleigh and Andrew Hammond of Sterling, Shantell, Heather and Jennifer Bolstridge of Wasilla, Ralph Bartlett and his wife, Valerie, of Connecticut, Carol Wotman and husband, Walter, of Garnerville, Nev., Gary Bartlett and wife, Susanna, of Wash., Michele Ganyard and husband, John, of Atlanta, Stacey Toler and husband, Greg, of Denver, Kristen Humphries and husband, Jay, of Oregon and Stephen Bolstridge of Pennsylvania; great-grandchildren, Jenessa of Alaska, Jordan of Connecticut, Lauren Cline of Arizona, Katala, Tristen and Jessica Bartlett of Washington, Joshua, Zachary, Ashton and Megan Toler of Colorado, Alyessa Bolstridge of Florida and Bryce Stephen of Pennsylvania; and many friends and relatives from Alaska to Maine.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, 33955 Community College Drive, Soldotna, AK 99669; Abundant Life Assembly of God, P.O. Box 781, Sterling, AK 99672; or the Sterling Senior Center, P.O. Box 154, Sterling, AK 99672.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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