John J. Bolinger, 89, of Beverly, Ohio, and Venice, Fla., died June 8, 2014, in Zanesville, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Laura M. Bolinger. He is survived by his children, Cheryll (Neil) Hartwigsen of Los Lunas, N.M., Janice "Jan" (Dr. John) Schowinsky of Zanesville, Ohio, John Jr. (Theresa) Bolinger of Jackson, Mich., Patricia "Pat" (George) Hoffman of Bluffton, S.C., Dr. William "Bill" (Marsha) Bolinger of Doylestown, Ohio, and James "Jim" (Holly) Bolinger of Canton, Ohio. He has enjoyed grandfathering his 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Herman Bolinger, his brother and closest lifelong friend, preceded him in death.
John was born Sept. 27, 1924, to William and Emma Bolinger in Reinersville, Ohio. He attended the Beverly Schools, graduating in 1942, before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was trained as an instrument/electrical mechanic for the P61 Black Widow Nightfighter and was then stationed at Hammer Air Field in Fresno, Calif. John returned home to enroll in Marietta College and graduated in 1950. He was hired in 1952 at the new Ohio Power Plant/Beverly working up to Top A Instrument Technician and finally Trainer Coordinator. He completed his Electrical Engineering Degree from the Interna-tional Correspondence School.
John was an active member of the historic Beverly Presbyterian Church, the Beverly Lions Club and various Sports Booster Clubs. He served as a Little League coach and as a Boy Scout leader. He played baseball on adult teams and was a lifelong Cincinnati Reds fan. He was a beekeeper and an avid gardener, well-known for his Big Boy tomatoes. John and Laura retired after 34 years at Ohio Power, to Venice, Fla. in 1989, where they golfed, square-danced and played cards. John volunteered for many years repairing appliances at the Elephant's Trunk, a thrift store benefiting the hospital. He was an elected Board Member of the Homeowner's Association in Bird Bay, Fla. John proudly donated over 40 pints of blood to the Florida Blood Services at the 5 Gallon Award level. John was always ready to lend a helping hand to family, friends and neighbors. His ready smile, welcoming handshake and "Hi, man" or "Hi, gal" will be missed by all.
John and Laura will be inurned together in Beverly at a later date to be announced.
Remembrances should be made to the charity of your choice.