Arnold J. Boulter

Arnold J. Boulter

Arnold passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 in Hastings, MI.

He was born March 23, 1936 in Bradley, MI, the son of Russell and Leta (Hayward) Boulter. Arnold was a graduate of Western Michigan School of Paper Engineering and had interned at Otsego Machine Shop, had worked at several shops as a tool and die maker and had retired from General Motors. Along with wife of 56 years, Ardith, he had owned and operated Boulters Hardware and Gifts in Otsego for 17 years.

Arnold had been a member of the Otsego Fire Department, Timber Ridge ski patrol, Otsego Moose Lodge and Otsego United Methodist Church. In his spare time he enjoyed making cabinets and many homes in the area still have wood floors and cabinets he had made and installed. He had also restored a Chris-Craft boat. Arnold was a skilled woodworker, tool and die maker, problem solver and had a wonderful sense of humor. He was very social and could strike up a conversation with anyone. In September of 2015 he married Kathryn “Kay” Mahler who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Kevin (Robin) Boulter of Delton, Kurt (Tammy) Boulter of Plainwell, Brenda (Scott) Try of Portage and Korene (John) VandenBerg of Plainwell; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 2 more due soon and his siblings, Stewart Boulter of Colorado and Roger Boulter of Lansing.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Ardith.

Friends may visit with Arnold’s family from 5-8 P.M., Monday, July 31, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at the Otsego United Methodist Church with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

A private family burial will take place at Prairieville Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Arnold may be made to Otsego United Methodist Church.

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  1. Kim Klumpp Palmer says:

    I’m so very, very sorry, Korene. I will always remember your Dad’s smile when I would come into the store and sometimes hang out there before dance class with you. Such beautiful, generous souls your parents shared with all of us. Sending my deepest sympathy and extra hugs and love to you and your family. Prayers of comfort for you all. Kim

  2. Tammy Lutes says:

    Sending my sincere condolences to the Boulter family. As a former Otsego resident, I remember Boulter Hardware well and have fond memories of time spent with Kurt and Brenda around the softball fields and our high school years at OHS. Wishing you all peace and comfort during this time of sorrow and loss.

  3. Victoria Trepanier says:

    Jason and I are so sorry to hear of your great loss, Korene, and family. Although words of comfort does not take the hurt and grief away, may it wrap you in a warm blanket and help console you! Your in our thoughts.

    Jason and Victoria Trepanier ❤️

  4. Lee Karcher says:

    Kay, I’m so sorry for your loss,I know how much you loved Arnold . He had such a wonderful sense of humor. Prayers for you & his family and also yours I know they cared deeply for him as well.

  5. Penny Baker says:

    …the end of an era…so very sorry to all of you kids…
    Penny Browning Baker

  6. Michael Knowlton says:

    I worked with Arnold at GM. He was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Sending my sincere condolences.

  7. Jenny Wilson Shannon says:

    I am so sorry, Korene and family. I have so many memories of times spent at your house, cottage and the hardware. Your parents loved all of your friends and made sure we all felt like we were at home when we were there. Sending my condolences and hugs to you and your family.

  8. Sherry (knight) Schumaker says:

    Kevin, Kurt, Brenda and Korene, thoughts and prayers to all of you and your family at the loss of your father, grandfather, and great grandfather. I will always remember Arnold’s sense of humor and quick wit, and the customer service he gave while owning a business in Otsego.

  9. Rose Ohanesian says:

    I am recovering from pneumonia and a hospital stay so woun’t be attending but will have my thoughts with you and the family! Love you Sis

  10. Sue Lindsey says:

    So sorry to hear of Arnold’s passing….Will always remember him at the business here in Otsego….Merl always spoke highly of him and Ardith….the end of an era…..Keep your memories close…..wishing you all peace and comfort at this time.

  11. Joanne Chapman says:

    To the family: So sorry to hear of Arnold’s passing but he is now united to Ardith, his loving wife. I worked for Arnold at the Hardware for a short time. He was such a fine gentleman. I found that out soon after I began work there when he said to me, ” Joanne, if you have any problem with the men who come in, you just let me know and I’ll take care of it.” I knew he meant it! How proud you must all be of the fine man he was. May God bless each of you in the coming days.
    Joanne Chapman

  12. Scott Kenyon says:

    Brenda, Scott and family: I am so very sorry for your family’s loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers………..Sincerely Scott Kenyon and family.

  13. Scott Hartman says:

    I’m So sorry to hear about uncle. Arnold’s passing. Missed his humor and great stories.
    Love and praying for the family.
    Please stay in touch.

  14. Scott Pierce says:

    Just a all around great guy to work with or just hang around with. Many good memories at GM, prayers for the family.

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