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1937 Charles 2021

Charles R. "Charlie" Olinger

February 23, 1937 — June 19, 2021

Charles R. ("Charlie") Olinger, age 84, passed away on June 19, 2021 in Avon, Indiana. He was born February 23, 1937 in Morristown to Sam and Agnes Olinger. He graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1955 and attended Rose Hulman University. Charlie married Mary Sue ("Susie") Smith in 1957 and she passed away in 1983. He married Shirley Schoonover Frame in 1984 and she survives. Charlie and his family lived in Muncie for several years before returning to Shelbyville in 1976 to take over the Olinger Insurance Agency from his father. He retired from the business in 2002. Charlie was an avid golfer, retiring to South Carolina where he was able to pursue his favorite pastime. Charlie leaves behind his wife Shirley, his children Lisa (Rex) Brueggeman of Indianapolis, Mike "Pete" Olinger of Shelbyville, and Scott (Heather) Olinger of Plainfield, and his stepchildren Debby (Rick) Bommarito of Indianapolis and David (Joyce) Frame of Dallas Texas. He also leaves behind a brother, Dr. Oren (MaryAnn) Olinger of Muncie. Charlie was preceded in death by a brother, Gerry Olinger, and great granddaughter Caroline Robison. Charlie was a loving grandfather to Eric Brueggeman, Kirsten Brueggeman, Tera Jones Ramos, Shelly Olinger, Cole (Moonstar) Olinger, Paige (Jeremy) Robison, Brynn Olinger, Samantha Olinger, Cassi (Nathan) Fuqua, Matt (Lexi) Bommarito, Rachel Frame and Justin Frame and great grandfather to Sophie Olinger. In addition to playing golf, Charlie was a fan of standardbred horse racing, owning a few horses during his lifetime. He was actively involved in the community, including serving as a member of the Shelbyville Plan Commission, the Shelby County Fair Board, and a member and past president of the Shelbyville High School Athletic Booster Club. Charlie was much loved and will be greatly missed by his family. Friends and family are invited to attend an open house to celebrate Charlie's life on Saturday, July 10 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Occasions Banquet Hall, 415 E. Hendricks Street, Shelbyville. Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville. Memorial contributions may be made to the J. Kenneth Self Shelby County Boys & Girls Club, 710 S. Miller St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176. Online condolences may be shared with Charlie’s family at
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