|Birth: ||Feb. 23, 1907|
|Death: ||Nov. 18, 2008|
Cecil Clyde Bolsinger was born to Joseph Clyde & Julia Irene (Landis) Bolsinger. (See below for his father and mother's links for linage and family history.) He was their only son. They also had a daughter named, Wilma.
When Cecil was a year old the family moved from Manchester to Colesburg, where his father became a partner in the family general store.
Cecil attended school in Colesburg and following his graduation from the University of Iowa, College of Business Administration, started his telephone career in 1928 in the Des Moines North Western Bell business office in their Management Training Program. He started as a clerk but rapidly rose in the company and served in various supervisory positions in Cedar Rapids, Charles City, Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Omaha, Des Moines Davenport and back to Des Moines in 1958 as Iowa Marketing Manager. He retired from Northwest Bell February 25, 1972 at the age of 65.
Before the start of this career, on June 18, 1927 he married Bernice Elizabeth Johnson in Aledo, Illinois. (See below for a link to her site and further information on Bernice.) They had three children; Robert Clyde, Richard Dean and Sondra Lea.
After losing Bernice in a tragic car accident, Cecil married a second time to Joyce Bentzinger on November 20, 1970 in Des Moines.
The day following his retirement he started a new career in the travel business, working with companies developing sales incentive travel programs. At seventy-five he was still leading travel tours abroad. Thirty-one years later on February 23, 2003 at the age of 96 he retired from this career.
Cecil was a outstanding contributor to the Grace United Methodist Church where he and his wife were members. He liked to do challenge gifts, giving half the price and challenging the church to raise the rest. In this way the church purchased; new leaded stain glass windows, air-conditioning, cushions for the pews, and children's choir robes. He also was an usher from his first day of attendance. His last legacy was a Bolsinger Family Scholarship program endowed by Cecil. He had given over $250,000 to this program.
At attaining the age of 100 a grand party of celebration was held for him where he was presented with a banner with his picture on it and a birthday cake. He was celebrated by organizations of which he was a member for a number of years; Colesburg Constellation Lodge, Rotary Club of Des Moines, Acanthus Chapter of the OES. (He was also a member of the Des Moines Consistory, Za Ga Zig Shrine Greeters and Telephone Pioneers.)
He was thanked for his role model of hard work and volunteering service.
In keeping with his generosity, Cecil willed his body to the Iowa Medical School at Iowa City.
Joseph Clyde Bolsinger (1879 - 1967)
Julia Irene Landis Bolsinger (1882 - 1967)
Bernice Elizabeth Johnson Bolsinger (1906 - 1968)
Joyce M. Bentzinger Bolsinger (1914 - 1984)*
Cecil Clyde Bolsinger (1907 - 2008)
Wilma Bolsinger Remley (1915 - 2008)*
Maintained by: Bolsinger
Originally Created by: Dona McPhillips
Record added: Mar 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66535746
Cecil, I haven't forgotten your interest in finding our emigrant ancestor, Christopher. Richard and I will keep looking. We could use a little help from the other side if you will. Meet us half-way maybe? Consider it a challenge gift.|
Added: Mar. 6, 2011