John Robert BoultonMay 9, 1910 – September 4, 2004
John Robert Boulton of Silt, 94, passed away at E. Dene Moore Care Center on Sept. 4, 2004.Graveside services will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Rifle Cemetery, and a memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at the Congregational Church of the Valley in Silt. Pastor James Warn will officiate.John Robert Boulton was born May 9, 1910, on Dry Hollow in Silt to Robert Edger and Sarah Jane Rees Boulton. John attended the first three grades of school at Mamm Creek School and finished at the one-room Dry Hollow School. He attended Silt High School and the University of Denver before returning after a semester and a half because of the Great Depression. He served on the governing boards of both the Dry Hollow School and the Re-2 School District for many years.John married Alice DeRotha Sonntag on March 15, 1939. She survives, along with two children, John R. (Nancy Black) Boulton Jr. of Rifle and Mary Jane (Dene) Hangs of Silt; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. John and Alice helped raise three of the grandchildren.A brother, Owen E. Boulton, and a sister, Winifred Boulton, preceded him in death.John was a partner in the R.E. Boulton and Son Ranch for 50 years until its sale and worked a ranching operation with his son for the next 10 years. He and Alice also spent winters working on the Silt Historical Park project, and he was instrumental in securing three historic buildings in Garfield County and having them moved to the park. He also gave tours of the park.He loved dance and music, and played the trombone at dances before trading his trombone for a guitar in high school. He continued to play the guitar until he lost his hand after an agricultural accident in 1958.He appreciated wood and used it to create ornamental and practical objects. He also designed and built a house for Dene and Mary Jane, which incorporated the one-room school they had all attended.John and Alice were members of the Congregational Church of the Valley and were on the church council. John also served on the boards of the Colorado and Holy Cross cattlemen’s associations and the Colorado Farm Bureau, as well as local ditch companies and the Moose Lodge.He was an avid reader who enjoyed nonfiction, history, biographies and geography. He had lots of determination and willpower, and there were very few things that he couldn’t accomplish, even after the loss of his hand. He had no prejudices and would not allow any to be expressed in his presence. He thought acceptance of his fellow man was of utmost importance and that everyone needed caring and understanding.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the building fund of the Congregational Church of the Valley at Silt, P.O. Box 396, New Castle, CO 81647.Arrangements are under the direction of the Rifle Funeral Home.
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