Ralph Bolton

Private inurnment services for Ralph Leroy “Roy” Bolton, 97, Lawrence will be held at a later date at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence.  He died Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community.

He was born April 25, 1916 in Minneapolis, KS the son of John W. and Ellen (Laird) Bolton.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII serving in the South Pacific.  

He was a mail clerk in the Lawrence post office for 23 years.  He retired in 1978.  He formerly worked at Morgan Mack Ford garage in Lawrence for 10 years.

Roy was a member of the Alford-Clarke V.F.W. Post 852.  He was also a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

He married Anna Mae Fairbanks on October 10, 1935 in Lawrence, KS.  She preceded him in death November 22, 2012.

Survivors include two daughters, Julie Nieder, Linda Lawrence, and husband, William, all of Lawrence; six grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

The family suggests memorials in his name for the Benefit of Jerod Nieder at Douglas County Bank, or to the www.helphopelive.org in his name and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Jerod Nieder is one of her great grandchildren, who were all so important to him.

32 Condolences

  1. Fred Shirk on May 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Julie, Linda sorry to see about Roy’s passing. He was a very nice person to know, along with your mom. Take care of each other, “sandrats”

  2. Paula Winn on May 12, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Linda,sorry to hear about you dad’s passing. May he rest in peace and your family will be in our prayers. Peace and Blessings to you and your family.

    Paula Winn

  3. NARFE Chapter 378, Lawrence, KS on July 12, 2013 at 10:32 am

    The members of NARFE were very sad to see where Roy passed away, and we’re sorry we missed seeing it earlier. Our condolences to his family.

    Sandy Nease
    NARFE Sunshine Chairman

  4. Ann Kaiser on October 18, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Dear Carolyn:

    What a wonderful life Steve lived and how very much he loved you and his family. I have so many memories of his warmth and smile, as well as of his always very very smart and very supportive questions about my work. I will miss his presence in the world, as I am sure you will. My heart is with you in this sad time.

  5. Jenny Messina on October 18, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    My sincere condolences on the passing of your darling husband Steve. His nice smile and gentleness will be missed.

  6. Julio Chojeda Torres on October 18, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    “Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. My sincerest condolences for an incredibly great loss. I’ll never forget your husband Steve.”


    Julio Chojeda Torres

  7. Matt Mosconi on October 19, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I feel fortunate to have been able to get to know Steve. He had a profound influence on his profession, and he was a truly unique and caring person. He will be missed by so many of us. We are thinking of you, Carolyn.

  8. Charlie Greenwood on October 19, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Dear Carolyn,

    One of my pleasures in life was working with Steve as LSI Director. He brought a new vision to KS that created a legacy of important research, Doing science and Doing good. He was always supportive of the Juniper Gardens mission and our work in the behavioral sciences. Myself and my Juniper Gardens Colleagues mourn his passing and also celebrate this life. Peace be with you and family,

    Charlie Greenwood

  9. Paul D. Cheney on October 19, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    Phyllis and I extend our deepest condolences. Steve was a great friend and colleague. He was a perfect fit for the LSI director and always very supportive of the work at the Smith Center on the KUMC campus. I remember so many good times working with him. Our thoughts are with you.

    Paul and Phyllis Cheney

  10. Len Abbeduto on October 19, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Dear Carolyn:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Steve has left an impressive legacy as a scholar and leader in our field. He also was beloved by everyone who know him. He will be missed.

    Len Abbeduto

  11. Jim Budde on October 19, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    It was my honor to serve under Steve when he took over for Dr. Schiefelbush. When I first met him I remembered his kind face and smile. He was a nice and thoughtful man. But that was far from what he was and what he achieved for others. His professional achievements were huge but not as huge as his heart. He cared about people and he cared about our Research and Training Center on Independent Living. You could count on Steve to help you through a challenge and stick with you. What I have known about your family, he was a go to guy with a big smile and big dreams. I am glad that he was a part of my life.

  12. Sally Cameron on October 19, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    I was so sorry to learn of Steve’s death. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. It has been a long time since I have seen you – have many fond memories.
    I know how much you both meant to Judy – she would be sad.

  13. Jon and Lynn Lundstrom on October 19, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Dear Carolyn,
    Lynn and I were so lucky to meet Steve and you on the ship. We are so sorry for your loss. In the little time we shared with him, he was such a joy to talk and laugh with. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Jon and Lynn Lundstrom

  14. Cindy Hart on October 20, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Dear Carolyn

    The lives Steve (and you) have impacted will continue to have an amazing ripple effect and his legacy will live on forever. It’s a joy to read such a beautiful tribute to an outstanding individual. Sending you much love and peace.

    Your friends at Bert Nash

  15. David Johnson on October 20, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Steve was a mentor and leader of the Lifespan. His vision, acumen and gentle touch will be missed by all – but especially me.

  16. David Consbruck on October 21, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Dear Family of Friends of Dr. Steve Schroeder,

    Steve was a most amazing man in the realms of family, friends, and benefactors. As the founding member of the “Give a Damn, Care a Lot, Find Out, & Do Something Meaningful Insttute,” he will leave a huge legacy of like-minded, like-hearted people following in his giant footsteps on a mission to change the world into the place it’s meant to be, inspite of all odds. We have little choice in picking family, a little more in picking friends, but rarely are we so lucky to have been picked by a Soldier Angel like my buddy Steve!. It’s time to celebrate and honor his gift of himself to all of us.

    Wishing you, Carolyn, and all the Family, every comfort and joy in this difficult time

    In all sincerity,
    David Consbruck

  17. Linda Silber on October 21, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Dear Carolyn
    My heart goes out to you on the loss of Steve. He left big footprints in whatever endeavor he took on and will be missed by many. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I wish you comfort in the coming days and months.

    Linda Silber

  18. Eli Peschiera on October 21, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    I have no words to express the great respect and admiration I feel for Dr. Schroeder. A great friend, consultant, teacher; that in our institution -the Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru- we will never forget him. Today our institution is saddened by the loss of such a human and generous person; of great sensitivity. God bless you dear Steve and receive our tribute from Peru, for your great human and professional work.

    It was an honor for me to meet you and I thank God for having that great opportunity in my life.

    Dear Carolyn and family, my deepest condolences.

    Your friend,
    Elizabeth Peschiera
    Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú

  19. Judith Carta on October 22, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Dear Carolyn,
    I was so very sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. Such a warm, caring person who touched so many of us both personally and professionally. I loved seeing the picture of him overlooking the Mississippi. May your memories of all your wonderful adventures with him fill you with peace. We will miss him dearly.
    In deepest sympathy,
    Judy Carta

  20. Nancy Martin on October 22, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Dear Carolyn,
    I was both shocked and sad to hear of Steve’s passing. I send my warmest thoughts your way as you adjust to this major loss. I’m sure your close=knit family has gathered and will bring much comfort. Steve has left behind shoes that cannot be filled either personally or professionally. It has been a gift to know you both.
    Nancy Martin

  21. Maura Hausler Valeiras on October 23, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Dear Carolyn,
    Most of my life I have had the warmth and knowledge that you and Steve were making all those you touched smarter, happier and at peace. I am thinking of you today and everyday, blessed that I will have Steve’s calm strong voice in my head. You have all my love, strength and prayers. Steve will be so missed by so many he is joining a few strong others to watch over you now. Hugs and kisses.

  22. Julie Boydston on October 23, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I was so fortunate to have met Steve and to know him through your eyes. He will be missed and has left such a legacy for others– through your family and on the field.
    Julie Boydston

  23. Jim Greene on October 23, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    My deepest sympathy to you and the to the entire Schroeder family. I will always remember Steve for his gentle and warm personality. May you and the family find peace.

  24. Chuck & Donna Grezlak on October 23, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Our prayers and and sympathy are with you and your family during this very difficult time. We considered you and Steve the ultimate traveling partners, and we feel privileged to have had the company of both of you on our wonderful trip to Africa. We can still smile at the vision of all of us riding elephants at the elephant refuge in South Africa, and Steve being surrounded by rhinos in the range rover while we were photographing the other rhinos near the lake. We both thought of Steve as the ultimate “gentleman” in every sense of the term. He will be missed by so many but left a wonderful legacy with both his family and his significant and generous professional contributions. God bless you and the family. Chuck & Donna

  25. Frances A. Campbell on October 26, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Dear Carolyn,
    Although my contacts with Steve were limited, to have known him even briefly was to glimpse a great soul. All my memories of him are warm. How wonderful a life you shared, and what a difference you both have made for those whose needs are most challenging. Heartfelt condolences to you and all the family from B. J. and me. Love, Frances Campbell

  26. Mary Cerreto on October 26, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Dear Carolyn,
    The work that you and Steve did provided such a model to so many of us. The world has lost a great man and scholar.
    Mary Cerreto, PhD
    Boston University School of Medicine

  27. Greg Olley on October 30, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Dear Carolyn,
    I am so saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. You both are such significant people for both your personal and professional contributions. I find it hard to believe that he is gone. His legacy will always remain. Please accept my sincere condolences.

    Greg Olley

  28. Steve Hooper on October 30, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Dear Carolyn,

    I am so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I hope that you can find some peace in his legacy and the number of live that have been positively affected by him (and you). My deepest sympathies.

  29. Trevor Parmenter on November 2, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Dear Carolyn and Family
    Colleagues across the world remember the enormous contribution Steve made to improve the lives of people with with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A giant yet humble man we shall all miss.
    Trevor R. Parmenter
    President, IASSIDD, 1996-2000

  30. Melissa Johnson on November 8, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Dear Carolyn,
    I was so very sad to read of Steve’s death. What a wonderful man he was, professionally and as a very special human being. Your 54 year marriage was a model and inspiration. It is hard to imagine how much you must miss him.
    Much love

  31. Bobby and Korrel Kanoy on November 9, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Dear Carolyn:

    We were very sorry to hear about Steve’s passing. Although, it’s been many years, We enjoyed following the path you and Steve had through Ohio and Kansas after leaving North Carolina.
    Steve gave Bobby his start in an academic career and his was a terrific mentor. We will miss his soft spoken way and will keep you both in our thoughts and prayers.


    Bobby and Korrel

  32. Donna S. Arendshorst on November 20, 2017 at 11:03 am

    So sorry to hear about Steve. He was one of a kind, so warm, humble and caring. Wishing you and your family strength as you cope with your loss.

    Donna S. Arendshorst

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