John Calvin Bollinger, North Manchester, departed this earthly life for his heavenly home on Jan. 21, 2018. Bollinger was born Aug. 18, 1934, in Topeka to Russell and Martha Bollinger. He was the fifth of nine children.
He married Carolyn Joyce Stealy on Sept 7, 1963. He was the custodian at Manchester Junior High School for 25 years, retiring in 1998.
Bollinger deeply loved his wife and family. His passions in life included fishing, mushroom hunting, woodcarving, running, tennis, playing bid euchre, and science fiction. He was a devoted member of the Eel River Church of the Brethren, where he taught Sunday school and played the piano on occasion.
Bollinger was preceded in death by his brother Rex Bollinger (Virgie) and sisters Retha Bechtelheimer (John) and Janet Crumley. He is survived by his wife Carolyn, sons: Scott (Miriam) of Brookfield, Wisc.; Dan (Carla) of Libertyville, Ill.; and Ben of Columbia City; his grandchildren: Madeline, Alli, Erika, Sofia, and Dante; and siblings: Lynn Bollinger (Grace), Wade Bollinger, Anita Cline, Karen Hand (Jerry), and Christine Beery (Stan).
Family and friends may call from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 26, at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Eel River Community Church of the Brethren, 2507 East State Road 14, Silver Lake with calling beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Ulrey Cemetery, 2507 East State Road 14, Silver Lake. Pastor Janice Kulp-Long and Pastor Doug Reichenbach will officiate.
Preferred memorials may be sent to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, or Timbercrest Charitable Assistance. Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary.