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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Ernest R. "Ernie" Bolig, 86, of Thompsontown, PA

Ernest R. "Ernie" Bolig

Ernest R. "Ernie" Bolig, 86, of Thompsontown, PA, died at 1:50 a.m., Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at the Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital.

Born on Feb. 17, 1930, in Monroe Twp., Juniata County, he was a son of the late Martin and Maggie (Long Gelnett) Bolig. On Dec. 1, 1956, he married his surviving wife, Fay L. (Fry) Bolig, with whom he was blessed to share nearly 60 years of marriage.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Robert E. Bolig Sr., of Lewistown, Pat Sierer and husband, Rob of McAlisterville; a sister, Lena Arnold and husband, Harold, of Richfield; grandchildren, Mandy Sierer-Brown and husband, Chris, Robert E. Bolig Jr. and his wife, Tiffany; and a great-granddaughter, Isabella Brown.

Two brothers, Kenneth Gearhart, Richard Bolig and four sisters, Vera Troup, Erma Brugger, Hattie Diehl, and Betty Slipetz, preceded him in death.

Korean War Veteran
He was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Thompsontown. He was also a member of the Juniata County Sportsmens Association, a lifetime member of the NRA and a member of the Carpenters Local 287, Harrisburg.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War.

For 43 years, Mr. Bolig was employed by Triangle Pacific, Thompsontown until his retirement in 1992 as foreman of the Shipping department.

He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed fishing and hunting and will be remembered for his ground hog hunting. He also enjoyed his cats and dogs, gardening and going to camp in Potter County.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 31 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Thompsontown with the Rev. Michael Sigler officiating. Interment will follow in the Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Thompsontown, where the Juniata County Veterans Council will accord full military burial honors.

Viewing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 30 with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brown Funeral Homes Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville.

For those who desire memorial contributions in Mr. Bolig's memory may be made to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 217, Thompsontown, PA 17094.

Online condolences maybe extended to the family at www.brownfuneralhomesinc.com.

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