DAYTON, Pa. - Roger John Olinger, 67, of Dayton, Pa., formerly of Smethport, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Sunday (March 25, 2012) at Excela Health in Westmoreland County.
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He was born Aug. 2, 1944 in Kane, to Kingston and Nellie Powetek Olinger.
Roger was a resident of Dayton for the last eight years, but lived most of his adult life in Smethport after growing up in Mount Jewett.
He graduated from Smethport High School in 1962 and later graduated from Clarion University.
Roger went on to become a math teacher at the Bradford Area School District for 30 years and loved investing in his students.
He was a very hard worker and stayed busy by painting houses during the summer months. Woodworking and fishing were his favorite hobbies, as were cars and racing. Roger was known for his talent in the kitchen and spent much of his time creating exquisite dishes that his friends and family loved. He enjoyed canning food every year and made his own special recipes.
Despite Roger's many hobbies, his family always came first. He especially treasured the time spent with his grandchildren and even took them to preschool when possible. Roger's family and friends will always remember his hardworking and caring spirit, and he will be greatly missed.
His memory will be cherished by his son, Robert J. (Tammy) Olinger of Dayton; a stepson, Steven (Theresa) Putnam of Cyclone; a stepdaughter, Lisa Drum of Dayton; grandchildren, Hannah, Gabby, Ezeck and Jude Olinger; stepgrandchildren, Wayne Putnam, Amber Drum and Adam Lussier; and brothers, Fred W. (Stella) Olinger of Ravena, N.Y., and Kingston (Nancy) Olinger of Rew; and several nieces and nephews.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Bauer-Bly Funeral Home Inc., 125 East Main St., Dayton. Additional visitation will be held at 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Steven Kromer officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made in Roger's honor to the Dayton Children's Community Choir, 105 East Church St., Dayton, PA 16222.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Bauer-Bly Funeral Home Inc., Dayton.
To send an online condolence to Roger's family or view a tribute honoring his life, visit www.bauerfuneral.com
Published in The Bradford Era from Mar. 27 to Mar. 31, 2012