Richard “Rick” Bolton

01/17/1952 — 04/08/2021

From Kennewick, WA | Born in Butte, MT

Celebration of Life

Sat, May 15, 2021, 1:00 pm
South Hills Church

3700 West 27th Ave. Kennewick, WA

Richard “Rick” Bolton

Richard “Rick” Francis Bolton, born January 17th, 1952 in Butte, MT to Frank and Anna Bolton, passed away on April 8th, 2021 at the age of 69 in Kennewick, WA.

Rick was born and raised in Butte, MT, attended Central Butte High School, and graduated from Butte High School. He participated in gymnastics on the rings and ice speed skating. He worked at Anaconda Mining Co, in the Berkely Pit, operating the largest dragline and shovel, as a member of the Operating Engineers Union.

As a young family, he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his two boys, Bill and Rick and former wife, Patti.

He continued building his family by marrying Barb and together they held fond memories of adopting and raising Shyla and Ben. Later, Barb and Rick separated but his love for his kids always remained intact.

Rick proudly remembered celebrating his parents’ 50th anniversary, with all his siblings in June of 1999.

In 2000, he started his journey in recovery and started body building. He would go on to receive local and national titles in the masters division. As his love for body building grew so did his love for a lady named Kathi. They met at the gym one day when she stole his rowing machine while he was in-between sets.

Just shortly after 9/11/2001, Rick and Kathi married in Maui with a beautiful sunset wedding. They shared the passion of the gym and competing. They started a new adventure of ministering to bikers through the CMA (Christian Motorcycle Association). Rick and Kathi joined South Hills Church in Kennewick, WA in 2008 and served together on two multigenerational missions to South Dakota.

Rick had many accomplishments, a few he was very proud of was being a sponsor within the AA Program. He also helped develop the Narcotics Anonymous program in Pendleton.

Rick later retired from Lourdes Counseling at Wilson House in Pasco where he loved working with his clients and teaching life and work skills. As his health started to decline, his hobbies became leather and wood crafts followed by tricking out his Mini Cooper S Turbo.

Rick is survived by his wife of 20 years, Kathi Bolton; sons, Bill Bolton (Leainna) of Pasco, WA and Rick Bolton (Jennifer) of Round Rock, TX; Ben Bolton, of Pasco, WA; daughter, Shyla Bolton of Airway Heights, WA; grandchildren, Chardonnay and Issac Bolton, and Colton and Emily Bolton; brothers, Steve Bolton (Dusty) of Fruita, CO, David Bolton (Laurie) of Olympia, WA; and sister, Pat Sloan of Jackson, MO. Richard is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by parents, Frank and Anna Bolton.

A Celebration of Life will be held at South Hills Church in Kennewick, May 15th, 2021 at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Rick’s honor to: Benton Franklin Humane Society.

If asked today how he was doing, we know he would look down upon us and respond as he always did with “Because of God’s grace, better than I deserve”.

Rest in peace “Rambler Rick”, you will be missed by many and will remain in our hearts forever!

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  • I just heard of this, my condolences to kathi and all

    Dave Bolton
    June 30, 2021
    Tacoma, wa.
  • My family went on that same multi-generational mission trip to South Dakota with Rick & Kathi❣️ Got to be a rider on the back of a bike 🏍 while going thru Stugiss! TOTAL 💯 bucket list happening! I now understand their love of not riding around in a “cage” (car)❣️😂 SO neat getting to know them❣️

    Jenny Gregg
    May 29, 2021
  • God bless your soul Rick. You were loved by many and an inspiration. You were also a good friend. I send prayers to Kathi and the rest of Ricks family.
    Audra J Wraspir

    April 27, 2021
  • Good bye Dad. Going to miss our conversations, being able to pick up the phone and hear your voice. Always and forever love your daughter.

    Shyla Bolton
    April 26, 2021
  • Rest In Peace, dad. See you on the other side some day.

    Rick Bolton
    April 24, 2021
    Round Rock, TX
  • I owe so much of my recovery to Rick! I crawled back into the rooms he loaned me his legs to stand tall! He gave me strength when I felt so weak and he shared his amazing wife with our world; selflessly ❤❤❤

    Lynda "Nix" Roberson
    April 23, 2021
  • I worked with Rick many years ago at the Wilson House and I adored him. I’m sorry to hear of his passing. He was great guy.

    Karen Johnson
    April 23, 2021
  • Nothing but love!!! Wheels down forever!!

    Gary Shook
    April 23, 2021
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