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In memoriam: Former BLE vice president DeBolt


On June 10, former Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers International Vice President George DeBolt died in Lemont, Ill. He was 70.

A member of BLE Division 682 based in Hammond, Ind., DeBolt served as international VP from 1986 to 1996.

"DeBolt was an honored and dedicated member of the BLE's advisory
board for many years," said BLE International President Don Hahs in a prepared statement. "I extend deepest sympathies to DeBolt's family and friends."

A Korean War veteran, DeBolt began his rail career in 1951 as a fireman for Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Co. In 1969, he was promoted to locomotive engineer, joining BLE in 1976. He served the railroad for 46 years.

Prior to being elected international VP, DeBolt served BLE as Division 682 local chairman between 1976 and 1977, and Indiana Harbor Belt general chairman between 1977 and 1986.

He is survived by his wife Eileen, two children, seven step-children, 17
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 30 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2015, Chicago, IL, 60602.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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