Alan J. Bolenbaugh, 91 was true outdoorsman
Alan J. Bolenbaugh, 91, of Columbus died Wednesday, October 8, 2013 at Silver Oaks Health Campus.
A celebration of life will be at Asbury United Methodist Church in Columbus Saturday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dave Blystone officiating. Calling will be from 9 a.m. to service time. Military honors will be conducted by the Bartholomew County Veterans Color Guard at the church. Inurnment will be at a later date.
Mr. Bolenbaugh graduated from Ohio City, Ohio High School in 1939. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, stationed in Nevada in 1940-41 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Bolenbaugh graduated in 1949 from Purdue University and was a purchasing agent at Arvin Industries. He later became self-employed as a manufacturer's representative, retiring in 1987. Mr. Bolenbaugh was also a tree farmer and took great pride in the 50-plus thousand hardwoods that were planted in his Jennings County 111 acre classified forest, many of which he planted by hand. He was a founding member of the Meridian Kiwanis Club and Asbury United Methodist Church. He was active in the church ministry to youth through outdoor activities in hiking and canoeing and was a member and bus driver for the founding of Wilderness Wanderers hiking group.
Born in Van Wert County, Ohio on January 22, 1922, Mr. Bolenbaugh was the son of Andrew J. and Laura L. Bolenbaugh. He married Rosemary Jackson on April 13, 1947. She survives.
Other survivors include three sons, Philip (Emily) Bolenbaugh of Evansville, Douglas (Gay) Bolenbaugh of Sugar Grove, Illinois and Tom (Julie) Bolenbaugh of Columbia, Tennessee; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; two brothers and three sisters.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.
Memorials to Indiana Forestry Educational Foun-dation, 1007 North 725 West, West Lafayette, IN 47906 or to Asbury United Methodist Church through the funeral home.