Gary Lee Bollinger

BORN: April 16, 1936
DIED: January 20, 2018
LOCATION: Charleston, West Virginia

Gary Lee Bollinger

Gary Lee Bollinger, 81, was born in Jeannette, PA and died of cancer on January 20, 2018 in CAMC Memorial Hospital. Gary was baptized into the body of Christ.

Gary grew up in South Charleston, WV, and he joined the Navy on September 21, 1954 and served on the USS Shadwell LSD 15 for more than 3 years. After he was discharged he came back home to WV. He joined the Navy Seabee Reserves and retired from the military in 1996.

He was in the first Paramedic Class in WV and retired from the Charleston Fire Dept. as a Paramedic in 1998, after 26 years. He was instrumental in the founding of the Charleston Professional Paramedics and EMT’s Assoc., Local 900.

He was a well respected active Masonic member of Kanawha Lodge #20 where he was serving as Tiler. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, 32nd degree. He was a member of Beni Kedem Shrine, Charleston where he was a member of the Legion of Honor.

He was an Eagle Scout as well as an Explorer Scout from his youthful years and has always enjoyed camping.

Gary is survived by his wife of 33 years, Ramona K. Bollinger of Charleston; five children, Wayne II, of Charleston, and Gary Jr. of Cross Lanes, and his fiancé Jeanette Harris of Nitro, and Ann Sibold and her husband John of South Charleston, Eric Kilpatrick of Charleston, and John Kilpatrick and his wife Marie, of Round Rock, TX; three grand children, John Sibold Jr. and his wife Christina, Christopher Kilpatrick and Samuel Kilpatrick; and 3 great-grand children.

Visitation will be held at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. with a graveside service and burial on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations to Shriners Hospitals for Children
Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607
Online condolences may be sent through the Honoring Life Condolence Center at Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

5 replies
  1. Bryan Robbins says:

    My honor to have known and worked with Gary. Condolences to Ramona and all family and friends.

    Capt. (Ret.) Bryan Robbins
    Kanawha County Sheriffs Office

    CEAS 1983-1988

  2. Gary Davidson says:

    I worked with Gary as a paramedic from 1975-1979
    I remember Gary liked to read Zane Grey westerns
    He taught me how to interpret EKG’s
    Condolences to the family on their loss

  3. U.S . Navy Seabee Island Unit X-1 says:

    Bollinger Family

    We are so very sorry for the loss of our “Tent Buddy” who was a very special and important member of our local U.S. Navy Seabee organization. Gary’s roll as Vice Commander of our Unit was truly outstanding and highly appreciative. He will dearly be missed and although gone, he’ll never be forgotten. Condolences to the family.

  4. Dr John Burdette says:

    Always a pleasure to chat with Gary in CAMC ER.
    NEVER at a loss for words. Rest well my friend.
    Maybe you can find our Dads up there. Bet they’re watching a ball game. ?

  5. Terry L Brown says:

    Condolences to Ramona and the Bollinger Family. Gary was an interesting fellow and was never at a loss for words. A wealth of information and had great stories to tell. He made working a difficult job enjoyable.
    Go with God Gary… You will be missed.

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  • Wednesday, January 24
    6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Snodgrass Funeral Home
  • 4122 MacCorkle Avenue SW
    South Charleston, WV 25309-1512
  • (304) 768-7324
  • Directions

Committal Service

  • Thursday, January 25
    11:00 AM
  • Donel C. Kinnard State Veterans Memorial Cemetery
  • 130 Academy Drive
    Dunbar, WV 25064
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