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March 26, 2013

‘A selfless hero:’ George R. ‘Tooter’ Tinius, a founding member of Rauch, dies

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“He helped them [people] understand to not be afraid of people with disabilities and that they can do things despite their limitations,” Dunham said.

Through the years, Tinius was honored for his service to his country and to Rauch. In 1968, he was given Indiana’s Distinguished Handicapped Person Award. In 1999, he received the Career Achievement Award for Celebrating Catholic School Values, the Rauch Board of Directors Award for the years 1994 to 2000, and in 2002, the Rauch Imagine Award.  

“Tooter was always in contact with us. He would come talk to us and see clients,” Dunham said. “He would always set me straight ... he was a mentor, friend, coach and cheerleader.”

Ryall said Tinius served with Ryall’s father in World War II. When he returned from the war, he served as Ryall’s Little League coach. 

“He was always very special to me,” Ryall said. “He was the last of the greatest generation ... . He was a selfless hero.”

Tinius is survived by his wife Catherine “Tinny” Tinius, three children, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a sister. His full obituary can be found at newsandtribune.com.

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