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Franklyn Francis Bolander, 98, of Savannah, Georgia, died December 9, 2020.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he was a son of the late John William Bolander and the late Gertrude Baer. Franklyn served his country in the United States Marine Corps during World War II including the capture and occupation of Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. After the war he entered the United States Air Force and served honorably until his retirement. He became an insurance agent with Lutheran Brotherhood, which is now known as Thrivent.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Diana Deitchman Bolander; his parents; one sister, and six brothers.

Surviving are his children: a son, Franklyn Bolander, Jr., a daughter, Diana Bolander (Cathy), and a daughter, Doris Hopkins (Craig); grandchildren, Stephanie McCartney (Travis) and Craig Hopkins, Jr. (Renee), and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral service, with full military honors, will be held at 11 o’clock Monday morning, December 14, 2020, at the graveside, Hillcrest Abbey – West, conducted by the Very Reverend Dr. William Willoughby III.

Remembrances: St. Paul Episcopal Church – 1802 Abercorn Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401.

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  1. Stanley Rosenberg says:

    Mr. “B”, as he was known at Savannah Elks Lodge bingo was a very personable gentleman. My wife and I would pick him up and take him home so he could come and play. We miss him and hope he rests in peace forever. Brenda and Stanley Rosenberg.

  2. Barbara anderson 206 says:

    I lived at savh commons w mr “b” as everyone called him ! He really liked me and use to love to listen to the “ Alesia” ap .. so sorry for your loss

    Barbara Anderson

  3. Donna Hymes says:

    Mr B was my special friend. He was kind, generous, funny and loving. Many at Savannah Commons, now The Social, can remember his dancing and singing to Alexis. Three weeks ago one of our friends requested he sing the Marine Hymn. He stood straight and completed all the verses. I was honored to hold his hand, while Alexis played soft music and the Angels ushered him to heaven. I will always love you Mr B.

  4. Gail Thurman says:

    Mr. B was a dear friend. He called me “Dogwalker” and said he loved our shared interest in the beagle breed. He said the sweetest prayers before meals. He is missed, but I know he is walking with our Lord on streets of gold without pain. RIP

  5. Peggy Drummond says:

    Mr.B as I called him was a dear friend of mine when I lived at Savannah Commons. He loved Mickey my dog, after I moved to PA he would call me almost everyday to see how I was doing and he would always say ‘give Mickey a belly rub’ . He was a gentle and caring man. I enjoyed driving him to dinners, where ever he wanted to go for eat. He just liked to get out for awhile. He will be missed. I will miss talking to him over the phone. He was proud to have been a Marine.

  6. JANE REDIFER says:

    Frank and his wife Dee were long time friends of my husband and his first wife. I met them and became very fond of them after we were married. After my husband passed away in 2018, Frank would call me to chat and just make sure I was doing okay. I last spoke to him on Dec. 2. I am sure he is resting in peace now and back with Dee and also my husband Earl. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  7. M. Gandy says:

    Mr B was a kind, thoughtful, gentleman. A proud veteran. His demeanor never changed. Always positive. Always smiling. Truly a good person. The author or heartwarming poetry. Rest In Peace, dear Sir.
    My sincere condolences to his family. He will be missed by many.

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