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Ronald Eugene Bolton, 87, Russell Springs

Ronald Eugene Bolton, of Russell Springs, Kentucky, passed away on Monday, January 2, 2023, at his home. He was 87 years of age.

Born on September 12, 1935, in Lapel, Indiana, he was a son of the late Kenneth Eugene Bolton and Elizabeth Johnson Tillie. Ronald was a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and a retired diesel mechanic of 34 years. He was a member of Poplar Grove Baptist Church. Ronald loved “wheeling and dealing”, racing motorcycles, and building hotrods. He also enjoyed boating and camping with his family.

Survivors include his loving wife, Marcella Merrifield Bolton of Russell Springs; three sons, Ronald Eugene Bolton, II (and Debbie) of Commiskey, Indiana, Jeff Irving (and Chris) of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Donnie Edward Balding (and Leslie) of Florida; and two daughters, Kathy McClough and Sherri Fishburn, both of Seymour, Indiana. Ronald is also survived by seventeen grandchildren, Starie, Mason, Nick, Stevie, Charlie, Matthew, Sonya, Shelly, Donna, Kadi, Christy, Torin, Thomas, Megan, Danielle, Lacey, and Andrew; and nineteen great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Ronald was preceded in death by two daughters, Angela Holden, and Barbara Sue Combs; one brother, Michael Bolton; and one sister, Sandy Presser.

Funeral services are 2:00 P.M. Saturday, January 7, 2023, at Bernard Funeral Home, with Brother Byron Vanarsdale officiating. Burial will follow in Poplar Grove Cemetery with full military honors by the Russell County Honor Guard.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 A.M. until time of services on Saturday, January 7, 2023, at Bernard Funeral Home.

Funeral arrangements for Mr. Ronald Eugene Bolton have been entrusted to Bernard Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at


  1. Rebecca Juarez on January 4, 2023 at 4:03 pm

    Uncle Ron Bolton one day! We will see you when The Lord calls Us
    You are and ever will be Loved and Missed
    Your beloved niece Becky and Juan Juarez and Family

  2. Paula L Kennedy on January 4, 2023 at 8:55 pm

    Too Marcella and family I want too express my deepest sympathy for your loss Ron was a wonderful man he had a kind heart he was good natured he never knew a stranger I’m so sorry I love you very much he will be missed dearly 😢 ❤️ you’re in my prayers 🙏 🙏

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