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ELKHART – James Harold Boaldin, 86, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at the Morton County Senior Living Memory Care Unit in Elkhart. 

He was born April 23, 1931 to James T. and Martha Boaldin on the family farmstead near Wilburton.

He married Willena Stewart Jan. 6, 1953. She survives.

He graduated from Elkhart High School in 1949. 

He served in the United States Army Signal Corps at Camp Gordon in Georgia and attended leadership training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. 

After returning to Elkhart, he worked at the Southwest Machine Shop, Star Lumber Yard, Tebow Drug Store and retired from Anadarko Production Company in 1986. 

He was an active member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.  

He served the community as a member of civic organizations including Jaycees, City Council, Little League Coach and Elkhart School Board.  

He was admired for his honorable character, strong work ethic, generosity and dedication to his family. He was also known for having a unique sense of humor, was a talented woodworker and enjoyed gardening.

Survivors also include son, Kent Boaldin and wife, Diana, Elkhart; three daughters: Sheryl Wagner and husband, Kenny, Garden City, Janet DeWeese and husband, Ron, Clearwater, and Joan McMillan and husband, Bill, Colorado Springs; brother, Bill Boaldin and wife, Pat, Prescott, Ariz.; sister, Joyce Carson, Pampa, Texas; brother-in-law, Lane Sparkman, Pagosa Springs, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Dian Boaldin, Oklahoma City, and Dixie Boaldin, Elkhart; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren (with two on the way); and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Vern Moore; brothers, Johnny and Bobby; sister, Karen Sparkman; and brothers-in-law, Wallace Stewart and Dean Carson.

• Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Elkhart with Pastor Terrell Giddens presiding.  

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. at Garnand Funeral Home in Elkhart.  

Memorials are suggested to the Hillcrest Baptist Church or Morton County Senior Living Community Memory Care Unit in care of Garnand Funeral Home, P.O. 854, Elkhart, Kansas 67950.  

Condolences may be left at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com. 




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