Ranger Exes Memorial - The Faculty

John Olinger JOHN PAUL OLINGER, age 83, of Hemet, CA, passed away on Sept. 12, 2009, after a brief illness and a heart attack. Paul was born in Woonsocket, SD, on July 26, 1926, and was raised on the family farm. He attended Dakota Wesleyan University, transferred and graduated from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. Paul obtained his Masters Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota. In 1948, he married his university sweetheart, Mary Voas, from Thomas, SD. At the time of his death, they have been married for over 61 years. Paul was a much loved teacher, principal and guidance counselor. He spent many years as a teacher of children, teens and adults before he became a Guidance Counselor for North Middle School in Rapid City, SD. Paul then served as Principal for Meadowbrook Elementary School in Rapid City, SD, Pine Ridge School in South Dakota, and elementary schools in Ranger, TX (1984-88) and San Antonio, TX. When Paul retired, he and his wife Mary lived in various states: Florida, Minnesota, Arizona, Pennsylvania and California. For the last 15 years, Paul and Mary lived in Hemet, CA. Paul is survived by his wife Mary, now of Denver, CO, his son David Olinger (married to Jenny Deam) of Denver, CO, his daughter Joan Olinger (married to Nick Kuiper) of London, Ontario, Canada, his daughter Sharon Voas of Pittsburg, PA, and four grandchildren (Joshua, Quinn & Gabriel Deam-Olinger; Heather Kuiper). He was predeceased by his parents Helen and Nick Olinger, his brother Douglas Olinger, and his sister Lucille Hollister. Paul will long be remembered for his ability to talk with anyone and his ability to love everyone.