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Charles Frederick (Freddie) Bolinger

July 20, 1930 ~ March 2, 2015 (age 84)
Charles Frederick (Freddie ) Bolinger, 84, of California, became absent with the body and present with the Lord on Monday, March 2, 2015 at the California Care Center.
He was born July 20, 1930 on the family farm southeast of California a son of Ward E. and Velma Shores Bolinger.  He was the second of seven children, Donald, Freddie, Gerald, Buddy, Billy, Mary  Beth, and Lana.  He graduated from California High School and immediately purchased his first of many tracks of land in which he lived on and farmed.
Freddie married Dorothy (Dot) Louise Vivion on May 29, 1949 at Flag Spring Baptist Church who preceded him in death on February 17, 2015.  He is survived by his six daughters, Kathy Volkart and her husband Mike of Russellville, Cheryl Knipp and husband Jack of Tipton, Joyce Rohrbach and husband Norman of California, Brenda Sells and husband Donnie of Prairie Home, Sara Hill and husband Rex of California and Barbara Kuttenkuler and husband Dan of Festus.  There are 15 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.  Freddie was also preceded in death by one brother Donald and one grandson Robbie Knipp.
He was a lifelong farmer raising row crops and livestock of all kinds.  He was talented with his hands and remodeled almost all of his and Dorothy’s homes.  He also worked on and maintained most of his farm equipment.  He took pride in providing a wonderful life for his family on a farm outside of California.  Freddie loved to sing and was blessed with this talent.  Church was an important part of his life and he was the song leader for many years.  Freddie’s Christian faith was demonstrated in the messages he shared in song.  He also passed on to his six daughters a love for singing.  They provided entertainment for numerous church services and local gatherings and Freddie beamed with pride on each occasion.  He also loved the outdoors and nature was a source of joy and a closeness to God.  He was a wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He loved family gatherings especially giving his six sons-in-law a hard time.
Freddie and Dorothy enjoyed traveling with family and friends.  He entertained them with his quick wit and never meeting a stranger.  He had a knack of getting to know something about everyone he met.  He was a self-made man who loved God, family and friends.  He will be remembered as a blessing and a gift to his family who loved him.  We celebrate his life here and into eternal life with our Heavenly Father. Memorials are suggested to the Robbie Knipp Memorial Scholarship Fund, The Flag Spring Cemetery or the California Nutrition Center.

 Service Information

March 4, 2015

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
California United Methodist church
201 South Oak
California, MO 65018

Funeral Service
March 5, 2015

10:00 AM
California United Methodist church
201 South Oak
California, MO 65018

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