A Funeral Mass for George R. “Tooter” Tinius, 93, of New Albany, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Albany, with burial and military honors at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. He died Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Tooter was born Sept. 23, 1919, in New Albany. He was the son of the late John F. and Mary (Ritz) Tinius.
Tooter fought for his country, always proud to have served in the military and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was wounded in WWII but was never bitter. He once described the day he was wounded as “the luckiest day in my life” because his life was spared. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans and the VFW. A person who created change in the lives of those he knew, Tooter was a founding member of Rauch, Inc., and continued his support of that agency and their mission to serve people with disabilities throughout his life. He taught by word and example that all people are created equal and deserve the same respect. He believed you could accomplish anything through hard work and dedication. For his hard work and dedication during his life, 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 1994-2000, and in 2002 the Rauch Imagine Award.
Tooter was a person who created change in the lives of those who knew him and he always spoke the truth. A lifetime member of the Providence High School Booster Club and member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Albany, Tooter loved God and lived accordingly. He was a teacher, gifted communicator, loved his crossword puzzles, fishing, feeding birds and sports of any kind. But most of all he loved his family.