Donald Bolinger, 1931-2019
Funeral services for Donald “Dutch” Bolinger, 88, of Alexandria will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home in Albert Lea. The Rev. Mark Boorsma will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by local veterans organizations. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home Saturday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.
Dutch died at home peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, July 9, 2019.
Dutch was born May 12, 1931, in Albert Lea, the son of John and Bonnie Bolinger.
Dutch joined the U.S. Army at age 17 and served from 1949 to 1951 as a member of A Battery in the 78th AAA Battalion. He was awarded a Korean Service Medal with five stars.
On Jan. 31, 1953, Dutch was united in marriage to Jeanine Janet Warner.
Jeanine died in 1985. He worked for Wilson & Co./Farmstead for 38 years.
Dutch married Juanita (Dokken) Engelby on July 22, 1986. The couple moved to Alexandria in 1990.
Dutch enjoyed fishing, but he was a people magnet. He loved his coffee breaks and his Friday nights with family and friends. He was the life of the party at family celebrations and cherished spending time with his grandchildren. Dutch lived a blessed life and was greatly loved by all.
As Dutch’s son said, “his pain is over now, but ours has just begun.”
Dutch is survived by his wife, Juanita; daughters Tami (John) Johnson and Becky Engelby; son, Chris (Patti) Engelby; grandchildren Megan Johnson, Kayla Johnson, Blake (Kayla) Engelby, Shawn Bolinger, Shari Medline, Shane Bolinger, Jared Johnson and Ivy Johnson; and siblings Jerry (Bonnie) Bolinger and Bill Bolinger.
Dutch was preceded in death by his parents John and Bonnie; wife, Jeanine; siblings Gene Bolinger, Galen Bolinger, Lavella (Pete) Hoyt and Jack (Hannah) Bolinger; daughter-in-law, Robin (Beyer) Engelby; Jeanine’s son, Richard Bolinger; and granddaughter, Rachael Bolinger.
Many thanks to the medical staff in Alexandria, especially Dutch’s oncologist Dr. Raflores, and the exceptional Knute hospice staff who took such great care of him.