Norman Dean Bolt



Norman was born to Arthur and Grace Bolt in Montevideo, MN. As a boy, he learned about work and human nature while helping out at Bolt’s Grocery.  He graduated in 1951 and went to college at Oklahoma A&M and became a geologist. He married Charlene Olson, whom he had known since high school, and they moved to Montana where they had three children.  After five years of hard work on oil rigs they returned to Montevideo where he began a successful 35 year career with State Farm, first as an agent, and then as an Agency Manager in Wadena,  where he and Charlene raised  their three children.  They  divorced after many many years. 

Sandy Hergert came into his life and they married in 1990 and lived in Wadena for over 32 years.  Together they gardened, canned produce, made salsa and jam, lived the good life in Wadena and at the cabin on Rush Lake, and made many fishing and hunting trips with kids and grandkids to Canada, which he loved for its unspoiled beauty and wildness. Norman spent as much of his retirement as he could hunting mallards and fishing for walleyes. He never shot hens - only the greenheads. And he probably caught more walleyes ice fishing out of his tiny home-built canvas and plywood fish house on Rush Lake than any other person, ever.  If you are reading this, chances are he gave you a jar of homemade salsa or jam or walleye fillets, or maybe even a mallard.

Norman’s brothers Donald and Harold predeceased him. He is survived by his loving wife, Sandy, his children David Bolt (Diane Bratvold), Gary Bolt, and Julie Bolt (Rob Wheeler) seven grandchildren , two great-grandchildren, Charlene Bolt, his brother Ralph, and his sister Evelyn.

He held a huge place in our hearts. We miss him already.

A private memorial will happen at a later date. 

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