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Ralph Bolden

September 9, 1939 - January 10, 2023


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    Bob & Tonya Lank says

    Ralph was the most kind hearted, generous man, he is what you call a true gentleman, loved his wife and family so much as we all loved him. We pray for the rest of the family as they are going thur this time of grief.🙏 Love to you all.. Rest In Peace Ralph

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    Lisa Shonkwiler says

    Those who touch our lives, stay in our hearts forever. Rest in Peace.

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    Bob & Tonya Lank says

    Ralph was the most kind hearted, generous man he is what you call a true gentleman . He loved his wife and family so much. We pray for the rest of the family in this time of grief. Love to you all. Rest In Peace Ralph🙏❤️

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    Braylie Lank says

    Papa was the most amazing kind hearted soul i have ever met. He played a very important roll in my life as he did many others. It takes a man to raise kids that aren’t his and he did this for so many! Until we meet again my angel❤️I’ll never forget you or our memories🥺I promise to take care of grandma. I love you papa AS BIG AS THE SKY❤️

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    Wanda Fleming says

    Thoughts and prayers of peace and comfort for all of Ralph’s Family.
    Wanda Fleming

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    Diana and Jack Long says

    Rest in peace, Ralph. Condolences to my friend, Virginia, and her family.

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Ralph Bolden, 83 of Lafayette passed away at Franciscan Health Lafayette Hospital East at 2:30 am
Tuesday January 10, 2023. He was born in Sneedville, TN on September 9, 1939 to the late Herman and
Lee Addie Bell Bolden. Ralph had worked in the Lafayette area for many years including at National
Homes, Alcoa, then driving truck for Pepsi and later concluding his career at LCL Transport. Ralph
enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, camping and the many summers he spent in Tennessee at Norris
Lake, but his greatest joy was the time he spent with his family, his grandchildren were his world as he
was their biggest fan. He loved and cherished his roles as a Husband, Father, and Grandpa, Ralph was
loved dearly by his family, especially all his grandchildren. Ralph was a member of the Teamsters Union
Local 135 and had served as local rep. He was also formerly a member of the Eagles.
Ralph married the love of his life Virginia Silcox on July 5,1979 in Dalton, GA and she survives. Also
surviving are his children Gail (Chris) Rhode of TN, Darryl Bolden of Lafayette, Hank (Betsy) Bolden of
Lafayette, Beth Halsema of Lafayette, Bob (Tonya) Lank of Lafayette, Bill Lank of Lafayette, Tammy Lafon
of Lafayette and his granddaughter’s that he and Virginia raised Braylie and Aerielle. Also surviving are
18 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren, two brothers James Bolden and Lawrence Bolden both of
Lafayette. He was preceded in death by a brother William Bolden and a sister Cleta Brooks.
Visitation will be Monday January 16 th , 2023 at 12:00-2:00pm following with funeral services at 2pm in
the funeral chapel at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens. To follow in the Chapel of Faith Mausoleum at
Tippecanoe Memory Gardens to concluded services.
Tippecanoe Funeral and Cremation Services is honored to assist the family with Services. Anyone unable
to attend may attend virtually by going to zoom.us, selecting “join a meeting” enter the meeting
number 765-490-4234 and the password : tmg 2020.