Local Man Still Working After 97 Years

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After 79 years, Kenneth Bolin still works in the same business.

Kenneth has worked in the funeral business since 1930. He says not a lot of things have changed.

“About the only change I’ve seen is more people are going for creamation instead of a regular burial,” he said. “Other than that, there hasn’t been too much change. Naturally a regular funeral service has gone up. A lot of people just don’t have it. They go for creamation, which is much more reasonable.”

Kenneth got into the business after his own brother died in a car accident. For the funeral, he was in charge of lining up the cars, and after the service, the funeral director approached him, offering a job. Kenneth has been directing ever since. He says the best part of his job is helping others.

“We keep the facilities up here in A-1 shape so that people, if they have to go through something like this, it helps them to have everything nice for them,” he said. “That’s what I try to do.”

Kenneth says he has a lot more to do and thinks he can squeeze it all in before he hits 100.

Tomorrow he will celebrate his 97th birthday.