May 23, 1923 - December 13, 2017
Joseph G. Bolita of Las Animas, Colorado passed away peacefully on December 13, 2017 at the Fowler Health Care Center.
Joe was born at Fort Lyon, CO on May 23, 1923. His parents were J.A. and Frances (Banta) Bolita. He had one brother, Jim Bolita.
Joe was raised on a 40-acre property known as “Breezy Acres”. He attended school in Las Animas and excelled in multiple sports. He attended Creighton University on an athletic scholarship.
Joe joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and proudly served on a naval destroyer. After the war he returned to Las Animas and began his career at Fort Lyon Veterans’ Hospital where he remained until retirement.
In 1948, he married Jeanne Scott. She predeceased Joe, passing away in 1988. After Jeanne’s passing, he became acquainted with Leota Burger and in the early 2000’s they became best friends and companions, adopting each other into their respective families.
Joe was an avid golfer, making many lifelong friends at both the La Junta and Las Animas golf courses. Life was better when Joe Bolita was your friend. His radiant smile and booming voice made him special. He will be missed by many, not only by his and Leota’s families, but by the good people in Las Animas whose lives he touched.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents J.A. and Frances, his wife Jeanne, brother Jim, nephew Gregg, and loving companion Leota. Survivors include nephew Paul; sister-in-law Billie; great nephews and niece Gary, Mark, and Lindsay, and their families; niece-in-law Diane; and one cousin, Jimmy Bolita.
There will be a small graveside service on Jan 6, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Las Animas Cemetery. Horber Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.