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Galen B. Bolinger

March 16, 1948 — January 10, 2019

Family and friends will gather for Galen B. Bolinger, age 70, of Albert Lea, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home with a service at 6:00 p.m.  Rev. Mark Boorsma will officiate. Online condolences are welcome at


Galen died Thursday, January 10, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.


Galen B. Bolinger was born on March 16, 1948 in Albert Lea, the son of John and Bonnie (Kramer) Bolinger. He grew up and attended school in Albert Lea.  On June 20, 1980, he was united in marriage to Sandra Cornick.  Galen worked at Wilson’s for 17 years and then as a carpenter for Cornick Construction.  He was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church.  Galen was also a member of the Eagle’s Club.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, and horses.  Galen especially loved bonfires and hayrides with his kids and grandkids. He also liked flirting with his nurses who gave him such good care.


Galen is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Sandy; children, Tavis (Jennifer Van Beek) Bolinger, Jason (Stephanie) Bolinger, Heidi (Scott) Enger, and Matt (Angi) Nechanicky; 13 grandchildren, Taylor, Cami (Garrett), Landon (Torey), Spencer, Levi, Lexi, Josie, Emma, Ike, Savannah, Jorja, Olivia, and Ila; 3 great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Liam, and Mia; brothers, Jerry (Bonnie) Bolinger, Bill Bolinger, and Dutch (Juanita) Bolinger; sisters-in-law, Wanda Thomas, Diane (Earl) Cleven, Renae Peterson, and Julie Golder; and nieces, nephews, and cousins


Galen was preceded in death by his parents, John and Bonnie; sister, LaVella Hoyt; brothers, Eugene Bolinger and Jack Bolinger; sister-in-law, Zelma Bolinger; brother-in-law, David Cornick; and in-laws, Carroll and Dorothy Cornick.


In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Mayo Clinic Hospice-Albert Lea.

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Service Schedule

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Monday, January 14, 2019

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Monday, January 14, 2019

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