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Stephen A. Olinger

May 3, 1955 ~ January 8, 2021 (age 65)


Stephen A. Olinger, a resident of Ovid, Michigan and a native of Columbus, Indiana, died at home on January 8, 2021. He was 65 years old.

Steve was born on May 3rd, 1955 in Columbus, Indiana and graduated from Columbus High School in 1973. He attended Ball State University. He loved playing football for the Columbus North Bulldogs and was so proud to watch his son, Matt, follow in his footsteps. He was a sports fan through and through, from the Colts, IU Basketball, and the Indy 500 to the Detroit Tigers. He met Sandy, the love of his life, in 2002 and moved to Michigan shortly after. Steve and Sandy were married in St. Johns, MI in 2019. He loved to spend time up north at the Lake City cottage, floating on the pontoon with a beer and spending time with family. He was easy going, fun-loving, and considered many, many people his good friends. He could talk to anyone for hours about sports and could quote many movies. Steve always amazed his family and friends with his knowledge and passion for history and trivia. Steve always found the humor in life, loved a good laugh, and was fun to be around. Above all, he valued family and friendship and had a huge heart.


He will be missed by many, especially his wife, Sandy Fox-Olinger of Ovid, MI; son, Matt (Cara) Olinger of Mooresville, IN; stepdaughters, Lindsey Fox of Lansing, MI, and Kimberly Fox (Tony Mazur) of Royal Oak, MI; sister, Natalie (Brad Stine) Olinger-Stine of Columbus, IN; father and mother-in-law, Stanley (Mary) Divish of St. John’s, MI, brother-in-law, Charlie Divish of Ashley, MI; sister-in-law, Carol Throckmorton of Chesterfield, VA; grandsons, Logan, Lucas and Huntley Olinger; nieces and nephews Clayton Stine, Elinor Stine, Johnny Throckmorton, Jeannie (Jonathan) Reveley; great nieces Gabby Reveley and Scarlet, Audrey and Camryn Throckmorton. He was predeceased by his parents, Bert and Maxine Olinger, and brother-in-law, Buddie Throckmorton.

Steve’s wishes were to be cremated. A burial at Garland Brook Cemetery in Columbus, IN will take place at a later date.

For further information, phone McGeehan Funeral Homes, Keck-Coleman Chapel at 989-224-4422.


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