Fred Daniel Bollow was born June 21, 1937, in Quincy, Ill. to Fred C. and Mary Elizabeth “Jimmie” Daniel Bollow. Later was born a sister, Ann, who passed away in October of 2020. Dan attended elementary school in Arlington, Va. for a short time and then finished his primary and secondary education in Shelbina, graduating in 1955.
In September 1959 he married the love of his life Mary Mefford Bollow, who passed away in 2017. Children born of this union are Nancy Marie McEwen (Randy), Forrest Eugene Bollow (Kelli), Patricia Jeanne Bollow and Audrey Gayle Zgraggen (Dale). Grandchildren are Jessie Echternacht (David), Joshua McEwen (Katie), Trevor Bollow, Ethan Bollow, Connor Bollow, Quinten Bollow, Sawyer Bollow and Hannah Zgraggen. He was also blessed with five great-grandchildren, Eliana McEwen, Eva Echternacht, Greysun Bollow, Haislee Bollow and Brentley Bollow. Rafael Avila from Costa Rica lived with Dan and Mary as a foreign exchange student and they remained close. Also surviving is a brother in law, Tim Williams of North Carolina.
Dan graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and a Juris Doctorate. Dan moved his young family to Brookfield, for a short time after graduating, and then returned home to Shelby County to continue his law career. He practiced law with his father and several other great lawyers and amazing support staff. He was prosecuting attorney for nine years and Associate Circuit Court Judge for eight years prior to his retirement. He treasured the relationships he formed with the many colleagues he worked with over the years.
Dan was a devout Christian all of his life. He was a lay speaker for the United Methodist Church and he and Mary traveled on three mission trips to Latin America. His life revolved around helping others, and he was a very giving and compassionate man. He was an avid environmentalist, always educating himself and others about the importance of protecting our planet. Dan was happiest when outdoors. From backpacking in the Rocky Mountains, to fly fishing in Canada, to golfing on sheep grazed golf courses in New Zealand, he truly experienced and appreciated the majesty of God’s handiwork.
Dan passed away November 18, 2021. Per his wishes, a memorial and celebration of life was held December 7, 2021 at 6 p.m. at the Shelbina United Methodist Church. The family requests no flowers.
For those wishing to donate, the family suggests donations to Salt River Community Care, Shelby County Senior Citizens Center, Shelbina United Methodist Church after school care program or donor’s choice. Donations may be sent to the Shelbina United Methodist Church.