Earl ‘Bud’ Ollinger, 86


Earl “Bud” Ollinger, 86, of West Bend died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the town of Polk. He was born Dec. 20, 1926, in West Bend to Daniel and Ione (nee Gengler) Ollinger and married Sarah A. Hacker on Sept. 17, 1955, at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Granville.

Bud graduated from West Bend High School with the class of 1945. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in Italy. Following his discharge he worked at Ollinger’s Garage at Gumm’s Corners until buying the business in 1962, operating the garage until retiring in 1990. He retired to the family homestead where he grew-up. Bud loved gardening, woodworking, metalworking and antique collecting.

He was a member of the SSgt. Henry F. Gumm Post 486 American Legion in Jackson and a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in West Bend.

Bud is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sarah; six children: Mark (Deborah) of Barrington, Ill., Karen Ollinger of Milwaukee, Mary (John) Grau of Waukesha, Lynn (Gregg) Wilke of Waukesha, Michael (Justine Barkley) of Evanston, Ill., and Jon (Tammy) of Brookfield; and nine grandchildren: Amy, Anna, Daniel, David, Matthew, Sarah, Katelyn, Ryan and Evan. He is further survived by two sisters-in-law: Eileen Kons of Menomonee Falls and Florence Schmit of Cedarburg, a brother-in-law John (Barb) Hacker of Milwaukee, and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents Daniel and Ione Ollinger and twin daughters who died at birth, Patricia and Barbara.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in West Bend with the Rev. Pat Heppe presiding. Burial will follow in Holy Angels Cemetery. The family will greet relatives and friends at the church only on Friday from 9:30-11:15 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorials to the Ronald McDonald House, St. Frances Cabrini Parish or the charity of the donor’s choice are appreciated.

The Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family.

Online guestbook and condolences are available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.