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Tony Lingar

February 7, 2018

Although he was taken from his loved ones much too soon, Tony Lingar was a blessing to those around him each and every day. He was the sort of person who was always happy, and with an insatiable spirit of adventure he was game to try almost anything once. It was easy to see that his daughter, Shaylee, was the light of Tony’s life as there was no greater gift in his life than becoming a father. Throughout his journey he was known for his strong work ethic, and he was completely dedicated to everything he did. Life will never be the same without Tony here, but he leaves behind a priceless collection of memories that his loved ones will forever hold near and dear to their hearts.

It seems only fitting that Tony’s journey began during a time that was as vibrant as he was. It was the 1980s when VCRs, personal computers, and car phones were among the new technology that ushered in the beginning of the age of technology that exploded during the 1990s. There were shows like Growing Pains, the Cosby Show, and Dynasty while Michael Jackson, Madonna, and U2 were among the things that entertained us. Amidst this exciting time was a time of great anticipation in the lives of Luther J. and Charlette Lingar as they were awaiting the birth of their new baby as the crispness of fall settled on Indiana. Their wait was over on November 3rd when the baby boy they named Tony J. made his arrival in Auburn. He was one of two children in his family as he was raised alongside his brother, Billy. As a student, Tony attended both elementary and middle school in Garrett, but his high school years found him at DeKalb High School. He graduated from high school in 2007.

While growing up Tony was one to keep busy. He enjoyed family vacations to places like Louisiana, Kentucky, and Florida among many other areas over the years. Their longstanding tradition, however, was heading to Cedar Point, which they did for 14 consecutive years. As a teen, Tony worked for the town of Altona, and he was known for his strong work ethic and dedication to giving everything his all. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and guns. He also had a passion for pool and won many tournaments around the area and was just one win shy of making it to Las Vegas. As his family and friends can attest, Tony absolutely loved his Dodge Ram Mega Cab truck.

Life was forever changed for Tony when he welcomed his daughter, Shaylee, into his heart on June 15, 2014. There was nothing he treasured more than becoming a father, and his love for her was unconditional and endless.

All who knew Tony Lingar would agree that there was no one quite like him. He was a jokester, someone who was always happy, and friendly with a zest for life that was contagious to all who were near. Described as a daredevil, Tony wasn't afraid to do anything. The best thing in his life was his daughter, and it was easy to see that the sun rose and set with his precious Shaylee. Deeply loved, Tony will be forever missed.

Tony J. Lingar, of Corunna, died at home on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Tony’s family includes his daughter, Shaylee Lingar of Corunna; parents, Luther J. and Charlette Lingar of Corunna; brother, Billy J. Lingar of Corunna; grandmother, Mildred Banks of Avilla. Tony was preceded in death by his grandparents, Shafter and Betty Baker and John Lingar. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday with visitation one hour prior at Pinnington Funeral & Cremation Services 502 N. Main Street, Auburn. Rev. Dr. Marcus Carlson will be officiating. Visitation will also be held on Sunday from 1-5 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the family. Burial will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery, Auburn. To sign the online guest book, visit

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