Arnold J. Boulter

July 27, 2017

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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