Robert L. Bollinger FAIRFIELD, IA Robert L. Bollinger, 64, died in an airplane accident on June 22, 2014, in Fairfield, Iowa. Born May 27, 1950, in Lebanon County, he was the youngest of three sons of the late Harold and Amy (Kettering) Bollinger. He grew up on a generations old family farm and appreciated the adventure and the strong work ethic that farming taught him through out his life. Robert graduated from ELCO high school in 1968 where he was very popular among his classmates and teachers. He loved music and was member of the senior high chorus and landed the lead role of "curly" in the senior musical production of "Oklahoma". He also played the oboe and bought himself a coveted Martin guitar handmade in Nazareth. A child of the 60's, Robert enjoyed going to concerts of folk music singers who appeared in the Philadelphia are such as Peter, Paul and Mary, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, and Joan Baez, among others. He and his ELCO classmates were not "hippies" as such; they simply loved the music and beliefs of peace and love among all people in all walks of life that the 60's generation supported. Robert adopted this philosophy and majored in individual and family studies at Penn state University where he graduated in 1972. Although Robert won numerous awards as a member of the Future Farmers of America, farming would never be his destiny. In college he familiarized himself with transcendental meditation, and not only practiced it, but made it his life's work. His kindness and acts of selflessness were well known among his colleagues at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, where he worked for the past 20 years as director of the audio visual and telecommunications department. He loved to fly and built his own BD-4 kit airplane in his basement. One can only imagine the peace and utter joy he felt flying among the clouds in calm winds and blue skies while looking at the wonders of the earth below him. And so it is fitting to conclude this summary of a life well lived and loved with a lyric from Peter, Paul and Mary. "When the rooster crows at the break of dawn, Look at your window and I'll be gone, you're not the reason that I'm traveling on, so don't think twiceit's all right" Robert Bollinger is survived by his wife, Ruthann (Meckley) of Fairfield, Iowa; brothers, Donald Bollinger of Lebanon, and Dr. James Bollinger of Glenmore; a niece, Angela (Bollinger) Foltz of Lebanon; and nephews, Steven Bollinger of Pittsburgh and John Bollinger of Glenmore. A memorial service for Robert was on July 7, 2014, in Fairfield, Iowa. Donations in his memory may be made to the Amy Bollinger Nursing Scholarship Fund c/o Fulton Bank, Schaefferstown, Pa. Robert's mother was a school nurse and the family is certain he would gladly support this scholarship and the assistance of young students pursuing a nursing/ health care career.
Published in Lebanon Daily News on July 10, 2014