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Alfred J. Olinger

October 7, 1928 - January 19, 2015

Alfred J. Olinger, 86, of Coshocton, Ohio passed away Monday, January 19, 2015 at Riverside Hospital in Columbus Ohio.

Alfred was born October 7, 1928 in Coshocton, Ohio, son of Alfred Olinger Sr. and Myrtle Brown. He graduated from Coshocton High School in 1946 and received his BA from The Ohio State University in 1950. Al was a proud member of The Ohio State University marching band where he played the tuba for four years.

Al married Dorothy Jean Sicker on September 4, 1949 and they returned to Coshocton after college graduation. He and his brother, Max, were long time owners of the family business, Olinger Oldsmobile, which was founded by their father, Alfred Olinger Sr.

Al was an active member of the Presbyterian Church, member of Elks Lodge, former business member of the Kiwanis Club and past President of the Coshocton Town and Country Club. He was a member of The Ohio State Alumni Association and a lifetime OSU Buckeye Fan. Al was an avid gardener who loved his flowers and lawn. He enjoyed music of all types and played the string bass throughout his life with various bands. He played golf and tennis and loved nice vacations with his family at the beach.

Alfred was a very special husband, dad, grandfather and friend. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Linda Ann Jones and son in Law, Jim Jones, of Hudson, OH, daughter, Janet Elaine Duren of Lewis Center, OH; and brother, Max Olinger (Mary), of Coshocton. He has one special grandson, Adam James Jones, of Hudson, OH with whom he shared many happy memories. Al will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

The family will be receiving family and friends at Given-Dawson Funeral Home from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, January 25, 2015. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 26, 2015 in the Custer Chapel at the Presbyterian Church in Coshocton, OH with the Rev. Craig Redecker officiating. The family will be greeting family and friends in the Chapel Parlor one hour prior to the service. A private family burial will take place at the South Lawn Cemetery immediately following the service at the church.

Alfred was a member of the marching band from 1946 through 1950 and played sousaphone.