Mike Olinger


January 9, 1958 - March 29, 2015



Michael Anthony Olinger was born January 9, 1958 in Mitchell, SD to Anthony and Eleanor (Donovan) Olinger. He grew up on the family farm near Emery and graduated from Emery High School in 1976 and then attended MTI in Mitchell.  On June 25, 1983 he married Pam Steichen at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Farmer, SD.  Mike was engaged in farming his entire life with his father and brothers. He was also employed by several area John Deere Dealerships for several years and then RK Oil Company in Emery up until the time of his death. He was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church and served as treasurer and volunteer fireman for Emery for over three decades.  Mike was a very proud grandpa of his two grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Pam, two daughters: Janae Olinger, Denver, CO, Kayla Olinger, Minneapolis, MN, one son, Brian (Barb) Olinger, Dell Rapids, two grandchildren: Lillian and Hayes Olinger, four sisters: Mary Olinger, Sioux Falls, Betty Hershley, Des Moines, IA, Jane (Bob) Prouty, Freeman, Carol (Greg) Weber, Parkston, four brothers: Dan (Ruth) Olinger, Bill (LaVonne) Olinger, Jerry (Suzy) Olinger, Kenny (Karla) Olinger all of Emery and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.



Memorials are preferred to be made to

the Emery Fire Department in lieu of flowers.



Tuesday, March 31, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saint Martin Catholic Church
Scripture/Rosary Service ~ 7:00 PM
Emery, South Dakota


Wednesday, April 1, 2015
10:30 AM
Saint Martin Catholic Church
Emery, South Dakota


Saint Martin Catholic Cemetery
Emery, South Dakota

Posted by Barb Papendick Simmons on April 8, 2015
Pam, I am so sorry to hear about Mike's passing. My prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Kathy Feltman on April 1, 2015
Pam: So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Lost my Mom in January so I understand some of what you are going thru. Cherish the memories.
Posted by Don & Judy Gohl on March 31, 2015
Mary--We were sorry to read that you had lost your brother. Our sympathy to you and all of your family.
Posted by Bonnie Joslin on March 31, 2015
Our deepest sympathy. Mike and his family's kind deeds for our Mom will never be forgotten. Our prayers are with you all.
Posted by P.Smith-Sudtelgte on March 31, 2015
Condolences to the entire Olinger family. It's really hard to lose someone so young. I think Mike still holds the record for the longest tire burn marks on Emery's main street. May he rest in peace.
Posted by Bill and Evonne Williams on March 31, 2015
Evonne and I are very sorry for the loss of your brother Mary. Our condolences to the entire family.
Posted by Kevin and JoAnn Winberg on March 31, 2015
Brian and Barb and kids so sorry to learn of Mike passing. Please let us know if there is anything you need.
Posted by Rick Geppert on March 30, 2015
Mike was a wonderful young man from a beautiful family gone far before his time. I am saddened for your loss. Please accept my sincerest sympathy.
Posted by Carrie on March 30, 2015
I am glad for the times I made you smile on the last days and all the memories we have made. I always enjoyed planning our class reunions with you! You will be greatly missed.
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