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John Lee Olinger


John Lee Olinger age 83 of Ferdinand, IN. passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2023. He was preceded in death by his parents; Emil and Alice Olinger. John dedicated his life to serving others and using his God-given gifts and talents to the fullest extent in all he did. He was very active in his home parish and his children’s schools.

As a Chemical Engineer, John worked in research and development at Owens Corning Fiberglass.

After retiring from Owens Corning, John shifted his focus to teaching high school Chemistry and Physics.

John will be remembered most as a dedicated spouse and father…

John is survived by his wife of 54 years, Pierrette; along with his four children: Karen (Ben) Richmond, Phil (Christy) Olinger, Nicole (Greg) Smith, Mary-Beth (Josh) Baney; brothers: Steve Olinger, Tom (Sandra) Olinger; sisters: Rita Jones, Mary Ellen Will; grandchildren: Olivia, Alex, John-Luc, Anna, Sam, Elizabeth, Gigi Richmond, Joseph, Thomas, Nicholas Olinger, Chloe, Simon, Calvin Smith, Marshall, Everly, Lucy Baney.

Private services were held by family.

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  1. Thoughts and prayers for the Olinger family. Very sorry for your loss. Mr. Olinger alway made the best turtle soup!!!

  2. Loving thoughts and prayers to the Olinger family that they may find peace and comfort in the days ahead. Our family has great memories of our NC days and friendship. And , oh how we enjoyed John’s turtle soup! It was always a pleasure visiting with him and hearing his stories!
    Carol Barb

  3. I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing and send all my love and condolences to the whole family.

  4. Remember those wonderful days living across the street in Newark, OH. Warm thoughts to each you. Carol and Rick Osborne in New Orleans

  5. John was a wonderful man. He was always involved with his family. He was a good neighbor and friend. We will keep your family in our prayers.🙏🙏

  6. We have such fond memories of good times shared with John and his family when we lived in Sherwood downs lots of family and neighbor times shared our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and children at this difficult time cyndee and Marty brekas

  7. I’m sorry to learn about John’s death. I always consider him as a great friend, and a very intelligent person who did so much for his Catholic community while you all lived here in New York please give our best to Pierrette at and the children.I’m sorry to learn about John’s death. I always consider John as a great friend, and a very intelligent person who did so much for his Catholic community while you all lived here in Newark. Our prayers and condolences to you and your family.
    Rick and Kathleen Gummer .

  8. I met Dr. John Olinger 56 years ago when I was a 20 year old Chemical Engineering student at University of Dayton. Since that time, he was a co-worker at the Owens-Corning Fiberglas Technical Center, a neighbor, and mentor. I never met a person who didn’t love and respect John. His honesty was total and absolute.

    Sam P. Muhlenkamp

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