CHAFFEE - Joseph J. "Joe Bollinger, 87, died Jan. 1, 2006, at St. Ambrose Church in Chaffee during 9 a.m. Mass.
He was born Jan. 18, 1918, in Benton, the son of the late Victor and Clementine Hahn Bollinger.
On March 25, 1940, in Cape Girardeau, he married Phyllis E. O'Donnell, who survives of Saxony Village in Cape Girardeau.
He was preceded in death by his twin brother, John, and brothers, Harold and Monroe, who were all formerly of Benton, and one sister, Viola Dannenmueller, who was formerly of Cape Girardeau.
Surviving in addition to his wife are: two daughters, Mary Clementine Tripp (Don) of Cape Girardeau and Brenda Rose Blevins (the late Bob Blevins) of New Madrid; one son, Daniel Joseph Bollinger (Lynn Ransdell) of Camilla, Ga.; four grandchildren, Melinda Blevins Kirk (Joe) of Knoxville, Tenn., Jason Blevins (Michelle) of Woodstock, Ga., Lee Bollinger Ingram (Kevin) of Dothan, Ala., and Daniel J. "Chip" Bollinger of North Hollywood, Calif.; and five great-
grandchildren. Also surviving are one sister, Anna Marie Glenn (Dr. Theodore J.) of the state of Texas and a sister-in-law, Marie (Michael) Bollinger of Benton.
Mr. Bollinger was a veteran of World War II, who flew 87 missions as a radioman for the Army Air Corps in the same C-47 with the same pilot and received the Silver Star. A member of the American Legion and VFW in Chaffee, he served as exalted ruler of the Elks lodges in Chaffee, Springfield and Jefferson City, as district deputy grand exalted ruler for the Southeast District of Missouri and as secretary of the Chaffee Lodge for 14 years. He retired from the Selective Service System as state director and received the Meritorious Service Award by the Civil Service Commission. Also he was fourth degree knight of the Oran Council of Knights of Columbus and a member of the St. Ambrose Men's Club and Cursillo.
Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. today at the Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee where Knights of Columbus prayers will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Parish rosary with an Elks service at 7 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Chaffee with the Rev. Ralph Duffner officiating.
Burial will be in the church cemetery with full military honors.
Pallbearers will be Tom Bollinger, Bill Bollinger, Michael Bollinger, Chuck Bollinger, John Bollinger, Jim Bollinger and Robert Dannenmueller.
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Memorials may be made to:
Elks National Foundation
2750 N. Lakeview Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
St. Ambrose Catholic School
418 S. Third St.
Chaffee, MO 63740