DeWayne LeRoy Bollinger

Electricians Mate 3rd Class


Wichita, Kansas

DeWayne LeRoy “Bo” Bollinger (77) passed away Fri, Nov. 9, 2012 in Wichita.

DeWayne, the son of Wayne and Bertha (Thompson) was born November 3, 1935 in Emporia, Kansas. He graduated from Emporia High School in 1954. He joined the Navy and served 1954 to 1958 aboard the USS Skagit in the Far East.

Upon his return he worked with his father’s construction company, Bollinger Construction, building commercial and industrial buildings. Later he worked in Real Estate Appraisal in Johnson County until he went to work with Southwestern Bell in the real estate division.

After he retired he formed a real estate service and also helped form “Trinity” a concrete form company.

DeWayne is survived by a brother, Jack and sister in law Arleta Bollinger of Wichita. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and also his son, Brian S. Bollinger.

Graveside services with full military honors will be 2:00 PM Friday, November 16, 2012 at Maplewood Memorial Lawn Cemetery.

The family will greet friends from 6 PM until 8 PM on Thursday at Charter Funerals. 10250 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, Ks. Friends may leave online condolences for the family at

In his honor I think it is only fitting to give memorials to the American Diabetes Association or to any charity of your choice.

Well all of his friend’s and family will miss DeWayne “LeRoy” “Bo” Bollinger…but NOBODY can say they went out dressed better than he did. ;-)

We think these last few years that he lived at Catholic Care Assisted Living Center in Wichita, Ks. have been good years for him and us. It’s really hard to call the people that work their “employees”, as they loved and cared for “Bo” just like he was their own father. We could never say enough kind words for all the help and guidance that we received from so many people at CCC.

I have enclosed a few pictures that he would enjoy sharing with you.

The sign was a framed 8x10 that was sitting inside with “Bo”. The poem “Just a Simple Sailor” was read at the graveside service in Emporia, Kansas. At the end the military honor guard took over to finish the service in the amazing fashion that only they can do, and we are sure “Bo” was proud of.

Thanks to each and every one of you that helped as we planned out Bo’s final wishes.

The family of DeWayne Bollinger