Floyd Neal Olinger of Elkhart, Ind., died on April 2, 2012 at Elkhart General Hospital. He was 82.
He was born Feb. 21, 1930 in Elkhart to Hershel N. and Thelma I. (Kimes) Olinger. He married Karen L. Tucker on April 11, 1963.
Floyd graduated from Elkhart High School in 1948 and served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He was in sales, was a musician and a “jack of all trades,” according to his family. He was an honorary lifetime member of the American Legion Post 33 in Peters Creek for 36 years. He was a member of the Lions Club and founder of the Alaska Chapter of the Eagle River Muscular Dystrophy Association and also supported the local VFW.
He is survived by his wife, Karen; daughters, Cathy (David) Brown of Va., and Rene (Tony) Self, Bobbie (Brandon) Harper and Karen Price, all of Ariz., and Kathy (Duane) Olinger, of Alaska; and sons Marvin (Charlean) Olinger and Ray (Sandra) Olinger of Alaska, and Steven (Brooke) Olinger of Ind.; 28 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brothers, Edward (Eleanor) Olinger of Ind., and Jim (Ann) Dearing, of Ohio; and sister, Mary Lou Weldy, of Ind.
He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father Elmer Clayton; daughter, Deborah Jeffries, Sharon Mabie, and Phyllis Manis; son, Paul Manis; and three grandchildren.
Services were held in Indiana. Burial will be at Ft. Richardson National Cemetery at a later date.