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OBITUARY: Olin Junior Wolfinbarger
Olin Junior Wolfinbarger
Olin Junior Wolfinbarger
Olin Junior Wolfinbarger - High School graduation, Class of 1946
Olin Junior Wolfinbarger - High School graduation, Class of 1946

Olin Junior Wolfinbarger, 85, went 'home' to be with His Lord Jesus Christ, Sept. 13, 2013, in Blythe, Calif. He was born June 25, 1928 in Chino, Calif.

Junior, as he was mostly called, was married to Vera Lara on April 26, 1947 in Chino, Calif. There they established their first home. In 1957, Olin and Vera started their business, Chino Valley Hay Company. In 1971, they relocated to Blythe, California and began O.J. Wolfinbarger, Inc. This continues in operation today with son Richard Wolfinbarger and his wife Debbie, grandson Richie Wolfinbarger and granddaughter Melissa (Wolfinbarger) Clayton. As a child, Junior enjoyed being raised on a farm, learning about agriculture and animals. He developed an association with Future Farmers of America and the Southern California Dairy Industry. Junior loved music, and became masterful in playing several types of guitars and the saxophone.

Olin and Vera were faithful members of the Ontario Foursquare Church and then later in 1971 the Blythe Foursquare Church. They served in various leadership positions in both churches as Sunday School Teachers, Youth Leaders, Women's Ministry Leader, Men's Ministry Leader, Church Council and Music Ministries. They also served many years with Gideon Bible International. Junior was a member of Kiwanis in both Chino and Blythe, California. Junior's Life Bible Scripture - Proverbs 16:32 - "He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city."

He is survived by his family who dearly loved him. Three daughters and son - in laws: Rick and Deborah Gilmore of Grants Pass, Oregon; Bill and DeAnna Shacklett of Balboa Island, California; Larry and Dayleen Miracle of Canyon Lake, California; his son and daughter-in-law, Richard Olin and Debbie Wolfinbarger of Blythe, Calif.; 10 grandchildren, Sandee Riffel, Jeff Gilmore (wife Crissy); Scott Shacklett (wife Valerie), Michelle Wright (husband Tim), Richie Olin Wolfinbarger (wife Haily), Melissa Clayton (husband Brad), Jill Dormer (husband Rick), Dustin Miracle, Heather Malvin (husband Kevin), Patrick Miracle (wife Kim); 21 great-grandchildren, Chelsea Wright, Crystina Riffel, Jennifer Riffel, Ragan Gilmore, Shanell Santee-Fuquay, Lauren Santee, Derek Shacklett, Reid Gilmore, Megan Wright, Haley Wright, Jeremiah Wright, Grace Gilmore, Brooklyn Dormer, Reece Wolfinbarger, Jayden Clayton, Jessica Gilmore, Zachariah Olin J. Wright, Davin Clayton, Mason Olin Wolfinbarger, Lukas Dormer, Evan Malvin, and one great-great grandchild, Hudson Gilmore Meyer.

Olin (Junior) is also survived by two brothers, Gene Wolfinbarger and James (Butch) Wolfinbarger; and two sisters, Janalee Harp and Judy Griffith.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Vera Lara Wolfinbarger; his parents, Olin F. and Jessie M. Wolfinbarger; his brothers, Jack Wolfinbarger and Jerry Wolfinbarger; his grandson-in-law Steve Riffel, and great-granddaughter Angela Riffel.

A visitation for family and friends will be Sept. 19, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at Frye Chapel & Mortuary, 633 N. 7th St., Blythe. Memorial services for Olin will be held Sept. 20, 2013, beginning at 10 a.m. with a Celebration of Life service at Frye Chapel & Mortuary,. The service will be officiated by Pastor Rick Gilmore of Grants Pass Oregon Foursquare Church. Internment will be at Palo Verde Cemetery in Blythe.

In lleu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Future Farmers of America, Blythe, Calif.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Article comment by: Ross Saundry

Richie: I never knew your Dad, but when I read the obit, I gathered that he was a wonderful human being that you and Blythe will miss. Our thoughts are with you!

Ross & Millicent Saundry

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: Jere Allan

I was stunned to learn of Jr's death. My sincerest sympathy to the family. Take comfort in this: "In the way of righteousness is life. And in its pathway there is no death."
(Prov.12:28). Jr lives on, he is just beginning a new life in a new world. I loved him dearly.

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Dee Coats

What a wonderful man of God, his legacy he left is family is one of love, kindness, and integrity, but most of all a love for The Lord. To all of the family, my prayers are with you.

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: cecil borboa

A Man of Family, Faith, and His Word. In my mind an Icon of all the above. My years of doing business, fishing, and trail riding with him will always remain in my memories. Fly high my friend, you are now with Angels.

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: Thomas Gleeson Sr.

I am saddened by the death of this dear Godly man, who was my friend. He was faithful to His Lord and Savior and a honorable man in the community. His word was his bond and he was very kind to us all. He took me flying more than once and I thoroughly enjoyed his company. I'm sure now his spirit is soaring as he is in the presence of His Savior and King. Thanks Mr. Wolfinbarger for your insight, wisdom and dedication to family and faith. You will be missed!

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: judy vanamburg

i am so sorry what a sweet man i met him years ago when i worked at jerry's on lovekin always had his smile on his face later while working at the hospital i was able to met richie through his wife debby so was able to keep seeing mr wolfinbarger he was alsways so loving i will never forget his kindness to this family you are in my prayers God really blessed you with this very special man that was loved my so many thank you for sharing him with all of us

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