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Obituary: Alan J. Bolenbaugh, Columbus

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Alan J. Bolenbaugh, 91, died Wednesday, October 8, 2013, at Silver Oaks Health Campus. He was born in VanWert County, Ohio, January 22, 1922, the son of Andrew J. and Laura L. Bolenbaugh.

Alan graduated from Ohio City High School in Ohio City, OH, in 1939. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, stationed in Nevada in 1940-41. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy as World War II started and was a member of the original crew of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington, CV16, having been assigned to the ship during its construction at the Navy Shipyards in Boston, Mass.

He graduated from Purdue University in 1949, worked as a purchasing agent at Arvin Industries, then later became a self-employed manufacturer's representative before retiring in 1987.

His avocation was tree farming. He took great pride in the more than 50,000 hardwood trees that were planted on his 111-acre classified forest in Jennings County, many of which he planted by hand. He was the recipient of several awards for his work in forestry, notable among them, the Historic Hoosier Hills Outstanding Woodland Owner of the Year in 1987, the Courier Journal 2002 Tom Wallace Farm Forestry Award, and the Indiana Forest and Woodland Owners Association Charles Deam Forestry Stewardship Award in 2009.

Alan was a founding member of Meridian Kiwanis Club and of Asbury United Methodist Church. He was active in the church ministry to youth through outdoor activities in hiking and canoeing. He was a member and bus driver for the original group of Wilderness Wanderers hiking group.

Alan married Rosemary Jackson 66 years ago on April 13, 1947. She survives along with three sons, Philip (Emily) Bolenbaugh of Evansville, IN, Douglas (Gay) Bolenbaugh of Sugar Grove, IL, and Tom (Julie) Bolenbaugh of Columbia TN. He also leaves five grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, two brothers, and three sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

A celebration of Alan's life will be at Asbury United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 19, at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Dave Blystone officiating. Calling will be from 9:00 am until service time Saturday at the church. Military honors will be conducted by Bartholomew County Veterans Color Guard at the church.

Inurnment will be at a later date.

Arrangements were made by Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Indiana Forestry Educational Foundation, 1007 North 725 West, West Lafayette, IN 47906, or to Asbury United Methodist Church, through the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the Bolenbaugh family and a video tribute may be viewed at

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