Ned Bolinger

Born: Thu., Dec. 25, 1919
Died: Mon., Feb. 29, 2016

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Ned Bolinger, 96, of Cooks, passed away on Monday, February 29, 2016. Born in Wood, PA on December 25, 1919, he was a son of the late Edward and Ruth (Duvall) Bolinger. After the untimely death of his father, he was adopted by his grandparents, J.F. and Lula Dove Bolinger. On June 9, 1944 he was united in marriage to Lauretta (Cook) Bolinger of Hustontown. Mrs. Bolinger preceded him in death on March 7, 2008 and also was preceded by a great granddaughter. He was a 1938 graduate of Robertsdale High School and later attended Penn State University. During his life he was a farmer and also an employee for Todd Township and was a member of the Cooks Methodist Church. His passion was music his entire life and he played guitars up until the time of his death. In his earlier years he also played banjo, at which he was proficient. He was a professional musician and was a member of the following bands across the Broad Top; Broad Top Mountaineers, Keystone Ramblers, Johnny Zimmerman Band, Art Clapper Band, Dick Howell Band and Dick Forshey Band. Some of these bands broadcast over the radio stations, WRTA and WFBG in Altoona and WHP in Harrisburg. Always living by the Boy Scout Creed, which he learned from his father, he always tried to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Surviving are two daughters, Shirley Mitchell Backstrom, wife of Douglas of Chambersburg, and Ruth Stever widow of Gail of Little Valley along with nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and a great great grandchild. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be held at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Cooks, alongside his beloved wife. Arrangements are under the direction of the Curtis A. Heath Funeral Home Inc. 5010 Railroad Ave. Broad Top City, PA. 16621. Online Condolences can be made at

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Brenda Shivery
   Posted Tue March 01, 2016
Sorry for your loss

Bertha Peffer
   Posted Tue March 01, 2016
When I was delivering the mail, Ned always took a couple of minutes to talk with me. I will miss him!

Phyllis Zimmerman
   Posted Thu March 03, 2016
So sorry to hear of Ned's passing. I remember him well playing music in my husbands' band (John Zimmerman) I used to see and talk to him and his wife at the Broad Top Picnic. Nice man and great musician. My condolences to your families. Phyllis Zimmerman

Rick & Paula Springer
   Posted Sat March 05, 2016
So sorry for your loss.

Jack & Diana Decker
   Posted Sat March 05, 2016
We offer or condolences in your time of sorrow.

Amanda Ahrnsbrak (Mandy Bolinger)
   Posted Sun March 06, 2016
Ned was such an awesome Great Uncle. I have so many memories of sitting with him and Loretta throughout the years. He always made time for me and my brothers. I can still remember the fresh water spring that use to run into the house. The last time I saw Ned was when my Grandma (Laray Bolinger) passed away. He was telling my Dad (Denny Bolinger) and I about vitamins and supplements and his grandkids. I will keep my memories of Ned and Loretta close to my heart.

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