Dr. Carl W. Bollman

December 26, 2022

Dr. Carl W. Bollman 99 of Frankfort, Indiana passed away on December 26, 2022.  He was born in Nappanee, Indiana July 2, 1923, to George and Mabel (Johnson) Bollman.  He grew up in the area of Wakarusa, Indiana and graduated from Wakarusa High School in 1941.  In 1942, he attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois.  Five months later, he was drafted to become one of the many who served in World War II in the South Pacific.

During the war, Carl was assigned to General MacArthur’s headquarters, the G-3 Plans and Operations department which was responsible for making the maps needed for all planned invasions, daily operations in combat areas and later for occupation of Japan.  While with MacArthur, he was stationed in Australia, New Guinea and on the island of Leytee in the Philippines.   The war ended during his leave, so he finished his tour of duty at Camp Atterbury.

Instead of returning to art school, Carl decided to become a dentist.  He graduated from dental school in 1951 rejoined the army as a First Lieutenant and as a married man.  He married Kathryn Lycas on December 17, 1950 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Upon completion of his military obligation in 1953, Dr. Bollman and his family moved to Frankfort, Indiana to establish his dental practice.

Dr. Bollman retired at the age of 62.  He filled his life with woodworking, jail ministry, Bible study, travel, being with family, and fishing.  He bravely continued being a loyal IU fan in the midst of too many Purdue fans.

His faith as a Christian permeated his life.  Even though he had always been religious, he realized as an adult that he didn’t really have a faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. He made the decision to put his trust in Christ after watching a Billy Graham Crusade on television.  He has never wavered from that decision and always desired and worked to further the gospel message.


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Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. January 11, 2023 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. January 11th at the funeral home followed by Military Rites. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to Clinton County Jail Ministry, P.O. Box 201, Frankfort, IN 46041.

Survived by:

His sister Ruth Hartman (Bill) and his children; John Bollman (Ruth) of Painesville, OH, Janet Bledsoe (Larry) of W. Lafayette, IN and Barbara Reyburn (Robert) of Hendersonville, TN. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

Preceded by:

His wife, Kathyrn Bollman and his siblings Violet Shrider, Lucille Gygi, Beulah George, Virgil Bollman and Harold Bollman.


Leave your Condolences

41 Condolences for “Dr. Carl W. Bollman”

  1. Penny Millikan December 27, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    Barb, so sorry for your loss. Your dad lived a beautiful life and did many things. I know you will miss him greatly. Prayers for comfort in the days ahead.

  2. Denise Burnside December 27, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    My deepest condolences Barbara. May he RIP with Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

    Warmest regards,

  3. Milo Eldridge December 27, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    A great man that brought up a wonderful family. May your joyful memories bring you comfort. I spent far too many hours in his dental chair from jr high through college.

  4. Katie Schmieden December 27, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    What a nice tribute to your wonderful dad. Thinking of you during this most difficult time.

  5. Marti Rode December 28, 2022 at 6:43 am

    My deepest condolences to you and your family at this difficult time, John and Ruth. God Bless you and give you comfort as well.

  6. Patti Maher December 28, 2022 at 8:56 am

    We have many fond memories of Dr Bollman. “Papa” as we knew him, was always wearing a smile and happy to tell a great story. He mentored me in the early days of my dental hygiene career and gave great advice. He loved to engage in a game of checkers with our daughters and always had fun with his Ohio family. Our lives are for the better having known him. We’re looking forward to seeing him again in eternity.

  7. Kay Morrison December 28, 2022 at 11:31 am

    As the administrative receptionist from 1994-2011 at the Clinton County Sheriffs Office, it was indeed my privilege to encounter Dr. Bollman many times. Friendly. Dedicated. Most of all, encouraging. During that time, little did I know that this past Spring I’d become part of the Clinton County Jail Ministry to the incarcerated ladies It is truly an honor to continue speaking the Good News through a ministry established by men like Dr. Bollman.

    • Janet E Bledsoe December 30, 2022 at 7:43 am

      Thank you, Kay. I am so glad you are continuing a much needed ministry. God Bless!

  8. Sylvia Hamrick December 28, 2022 at 11:32 am

    John & Ruth, so sorry to see your daddy went home to spend the New Year with Jesus & eternity in Heaven. He was the sweetest & the most gentleman man & Jesus shined through him. Sending love & prayers for you all.
    Love you Clint & Sylvia Hamrick

    • Ruth Bollman January 13, 2023 at 6:08 pm

      Thank you, Sylvia. I am so glad that you got to meet him and we will have a wonderful reunion someday all together!!

  9. Bush Fullerton December 28, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    Hello John & Janet,
    What a great treasure your Dad was down here on earth – to everybody and everything he touched. He was my dentist, but what I remember most was how wonderful he was to us at the Clinton County Family YMCA. I worked with Bill Beard, John Mitchell and your Dad. We could not have done the project without him – obviously! Eternal life for him now.

  10. Dale and Mildred Arnold December 28, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    Our deepest condolences to the family. May God’s peace and comfort surround you throughout this time.

  11. Jim Dupler December 28, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    Elaine and I want express our sorrow for your loss. Wonderful tribute to a great man, and a life lived fully in service to others.
    Doc was always so kind and encouraging to all who sat in his chair. Now he has found his peace and comfort with Our Lord,

  12. Roberts., Roy and Cege December 28, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Roy and I remember the times your dad came to visit you and attended Trinity. He always had a beautiful smile we attribute to his close walk the Lord and was so proud of your whole family. We know you are grieving now but you know where he is with that beautiful smile. God bless your whole family thru this sad time.

    Roy and Cege Roberts

    • Ruth Bollman January 13, 2023 at 6:11 pm

      Thank you, Roy and Cege. We will miss him, but look forward to a sweet future reunion some day!

  13. Alan Brown December 28, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Dear John, Phyllis and I will be praying for peace and comfort in the midst of your grief for you and your extended family.

  14. Jim Eldridge December 28, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    First met Carl Bollman in 1957 as he guided me through the Optimist Club oratory contest when I was in seventh grade. He became my dentist at that time and a great Christian friend. He worked with me again in the oratory contest when I was a sophomore. He gave me a regular job cleaning his office when I was a junior in high school. And he was my dentist until he retired. I have never met a more gracious and kind friend. He is going to be greatly missed.

  15. Nancy Kehrer December 29, 2022 at 9:08 am

    My sympathies to Dr. Bollmans families. He was a kind, quiet, and gentle man who shared his faith to all who wanted to hear.

  16. Becky & Gary Woolman December 29, 2022 at 9:30 am

    What a wonderful man your Father was! I loved reading his Obituary. We thank God for his service to our country and more importantly for The Lord! We know you will miss him, but we thank God for eternal life to spend together in heaven! May the living arms of our Heavenly Father bring you comfort as you honor this life. With Love, Gary and Becky Woolman

    • Janet E. Bledsoe December 30, 2022 at 8:05 am

      Thank you, Becky and Gary. You have been through this recently also as with many in our age group. Our parents gave us a great foundation.

    • Ruth Bollman January 13, 2023 at 6:14 pm

      Thank you, Becky and Gary.

  17. Bill Hayes December 29, 2022 at 11:33 am

    John, So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed the few times I got to talk and be around your dad. He was one of good guys and will missed. You and your family will be in our prayers.

  18. Cindy Warren December 29, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    Janet, John and Barbara – I’m sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. I know he is with the Lord now. He was a man of faith. I will do my best to get to the calling to pay my respects. May God comfort you all.

  19. Joyce Widynski December 29, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    John & Ruth, We are so sorry for the passing of your father. A joy to behold as he meets our LORD in person for the very first time. We pray for comfort moving forward for you & your family. In His Hands, Joyce Widynski

    • Ruth Bollman January 13, 2023 at 6:17 pm

      Thank you, Joyce. He was a spiritual mentor to both John and I. We will miss him greatly. Looking forward to a future reunion with him someday.

  20. Don Baker December 30, 2022 at 12:25 am

    John, I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Prayers for you and your family.

  21. Norman Gross December 30, 2022 at 11:38 am

    Rest in peace Carl, miss you. Norm Gross fellow woodworker at Wesley Manor.

  22. Marie Michener December 31, 2022 at 8:27 am

    So sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful man and father. May God give you comfort as you grieve his loss.

    • Ruth Bollman January 13, 2023 at 6:19 pm

      Thank you, Marie. God is comforting us through your prayers.

  23. Sally and Eber Morgan II December 31, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    We are sorry for your loss. Sally became a patient as a teenager and Eber II became a patient when they married. We also would see him when he attended Antioch Church. It”s good to know we’ll see him again some day.

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