Danny R. Lonsinger
Danny R. Lonsinger, age 79, Logansport, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019, in St. Vincent Heart Center, Indianapolis.
One of nine children, Danny was born on December 27, 1939, in Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, to Charles William and Loma Virginia Rist Lonsinger.
On April 2, 1961, in Uniontown, he was married to Roberta S. Kohrman, who survives in Logansport.
Danny was a graduate of Uniontown High School.
He was career military, having served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Era. He entered the Air Force on April 5, 1961, and honorably retired on March 31, 1984, after 22 years, 11 months, and 26 days of service.
Danny was a member of Life Gate Church and was active in the Sonshine group.
A bus driver for the Logansport Community School Corporation and Peak Community Services for many years, he also drove for the former Kiwanis Aktion Club.
Special Olympics held a special place in his heart. All participants were like children of his own. He was a former coordinator and coach of many events at home and on the road. A volunteer at heart, Danny loved people and would help and assist anyone with anything they needed.
He loved family time, camping along the Wabash River, and especially playing ball with his great granddaughter, Amryn.
Danny was a known, and constant, jokester who was fun to be around. There was never a dull moment when he was present.
He enjoyed playing the harmonica and banjo. Although he could play nearly all instruments, he particularly enjoyed his guitar. He loved all kinds of music and could sing most of the tunes he played.
He formed the Woodlawn Center “Jammin’ for Joy” band which included many members with special needs. He made everyone in the band feel like a rock star.
In addition to his wife, Roberta, he is also survived by daughter, Pamela Lynn Lonsinger Townsend; son, Robin B. Lonsinger; granddaughter, Cheree Townsend (Jason) Gellinger and great granddaughter, Amryn Townsend, all of Logansport.
Also surviving are brothers, Wilbur Lance (Sylvia Marie Cunningham) Lonsinger, Lafayette and Michael David (Linda Jane Jackson) Lonsinger, Salisbury, North Carolina; sisters-in-law, Jean Soloman Lonsinger, Ashland Ohio, and Georgetta Kohrman Nelson, Frankfort, Kentucky; and brother-in-law, George Korhman, Masontown, Pennsylvania. He was also the beloved uncle of over 30 nieces and nephews, and 40 great nieces and great nephews.
Preceding Danny in death were his parents; sisters, Estella Sue Lonsinger (William) Stickle, Phyllis Elaine Lonsinger (Vernen) Tanner, and Ann Rist Lonsinger (Fred) Tochio; brothers, Charles Barry Lonsinger, James Bruce (Shirley Moody) Lonsinger, and Douglas William Lonsinger.
Interment with military honors will be in Veterans Square, Mount Hope Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics of Cass County, P. O. Box 1473, Logansport, IN 46947.