BALLSTON SPA - John Gilbert Uhlinger, 78, of East Grove Street in Ballston Spa, formerly of Hagaman, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at his home.
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Born March 7, 1934, in Hagaman, he was a son of Edward and Marie DePomprion Uhlinger.
John was raised in Amsterdam, N.Y., and was a 1952 graduate of the former Wibur H. Lynch Middle School.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War, where he worked as an electrician.
Mr. Uhlinger was a nuclear electrician and was employed for many years by the IBEW Local No. 166 and No. 236 in Schenectady. He was also employed for a time by General Dynamics and also by Lou's Electric in Amsterdam.
John was a member of St. Mary's Church in Ballston Spa.
He was also a member of the American Legion, VFW, Eagles of Saratoga, the Pilots Association, Aeronautical Museum of Glenville, the Knights of Columbus Council No. 209 and was a Third-Degree Knight.
Mr. Uhlinger was also an accomplished pilot and flew his own plane for more than 52 years. He also enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
John married Josephine DeCicco Uhlinger on June 28, 1959.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, MaryBeth (John) Paretta of South Carolina, Diane (Stephen) Hrebinczak of Ballston Spa and Cynthia Angel of Indiana; his grandchildren, AWS2 Theresa J. Parisi of Virginia, Edward T. Loya III of Florida, Johnathan (Amy) Smith of Clifton Park, Samantha J. Smith of Ballston Spa and Taylor and Abigayle Angel of Indiana; one great-granddaughter, Rosalee Smith; an adopted grandson, Brandon Haskell; and his sisters, Maryland Thompson of Ballston Spa and Pauleen Sonata of Amsterdam. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive.
He was predeceased by his parents; one brother, Miles; and three sisters, Margaret Mary Uhlinger, Lorraine Baker and Lillian Ryder.
Funeral services will be held at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:15 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church on St. John Street in Amsterdam, with the Rev. Pascal Iannotti as celebrant.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the funeral home.
Interment will be at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery in Amsterdam.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's School of Ballston Spa and to Community Hospice of Saratoga, both in care of the funeral home office.
Sign the family guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.
Published in The Saratogian on Feb. 16, 2013