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Junior ‘Rocky’ Bolinger Creston

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 29, 2013 11:36 a.m. CDT

Junior “Rocky” Bolinger, 78, of Creston died March 27, 2013, at his home.

Celebration of life services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at Ritchie Funeral Home, 124 S. Main St., Lenox. Interment will be in Blue Grove Cemetery in rural Taylor County. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Friday with family present 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in Rocky’s name. Online condolences may be left at

Junior Lee “Rocky” Bolinger, son of Austie (Spencer) and Rex Leo Bolinger, was born March 7, 1935, south of Mount Ayr in rural Ringgold County.

He worked as a farm hand for Francis Routh.

Rocky was drafted into the United States Army and served in Korea 1957-1959. During his service, his parents moved west of Diagonal and lived on a ranch. After he was discharged, Rocky helped his father milk cows. He later worked for Leroy Francis, Tom Kenny and Raymond Dill on the farm.

On June 5, 1961, Junior married Sandra Sue Shimer. They lived in rural Diagonal on the Roy Lumbard farm.

They moved to Lenox in the 1960s, and Junior worked for Totes.

In 1968, Junior started working at Farm and Home in Creston, so they moved to Creston in 1970, and he worked there until 1989.

Junior and Sandy adopted two daughters from Korea.

Junior is survived by his wife Sandy Bolinger; daughters, Julie Ann (Matt) Weis of Creston and Mandy Sue Bolinger (Lon) Nelson of Port Barrington, Ill.; grandchildren, Samantha McDonald and George and Owen Weis, all of Creston, and Kylee and Jameson Nelson of Port Barrington, Ill.; sisters, Viola Wahl of Clearfield, Margie Kenner of Galena, Mo., Doris (Greg Briner) Bolinger of Tingley, Dora (Ronnie) Ray of Creston and Georgia (Gene) Springer of Fairbury, Neb.; brothers, Lowell Dean (Doreen) Bolinger of What Cheer, Robert “Doc” (Linda) Bolinger of Kent, Floyd (Kay) Bolinger of Diagonal, Ronnie (Del) Bolinger of Lenox and Melvin (Sharon) Bolinger of Knoxville; uncle Loren (Dorothy) Bolinger of Blockton; aunt Sherry Bolinger of Clearfield; brothers-in-law, Virgin Shimer of Creston, Albert (Joy Reynolds) Shimer of Perry, Dell (Betty) Shimer and Jackie (Marie) Shimer of Creston; sisters-in-law, Elaine Bolinger of Sharpsburg, Kay Camden of Lenox and Loula Shimer of Blockton; nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and family.

Junior was preceded in death by his parents; brother Clark Bolinger; brothers-in-law, Jack Camden, Robert Keener, Thurman Keener, Johnnie Shimer and Dwayne Wahl; sister-in-law Cora Adamson; and aunts and uncles.

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