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John Leroy Olmstead

August 10, 1926 December 3, 2018
John Leroy Olmstead
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John L. Olmstead, age 92, died early Monday, December 3, 2018 at his home in Greenville with his loving wife and family by his side.  He was born August 10, 1926 in Souris, Manitoba, Canada, the son of Floyd and Alma (Perry) Olmstead.  He was a proud veteran, having served his country stateside as a scrub nurse in World War II and then in the 1st Cavalry Division in the Korean War.  On October 1, 1948, John married Lila Ruge in the First Baptist Church parsonage in Greenville.  John worked for Federal Mogul, retiring after 35 years of employment.  He loved spending time with his family, traveling, spending winters in Arizona, playing cards, and remodeling and building houses.  He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Lila; sons, Neal of Pierson, Mark of Stanton, and Mike of Stanton; grandchildren, Carrie (Greg) Eyer, Chanda Olmstead (Erik Engle), John (Robin) Olmstead, and Wade Patterson; great-grandchildren, Paige Hansen (Tyler Polovino), Logan Hansen, Addalyn Olmstead, Blake Olmstead, Avery Olmstead, and Matheson Eyer; great-great-grandchild, Brodie Polovino; sisters, Helen Bannen, Jean (Rit) Nielsen, and Anna Linebaugh; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Layton (June) Ruge and Linda Shavalier; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Louis and Leila (Bean) Ruge; brother, Lloyd “Baldy” Olmstead; brothers-in-law, Louis Ruge, Jr. and Lyle Ruge; sister-in-law, Lillian Ruth; and grandson, Ryan Olmstead.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday December 5, 2018 at Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville, with visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 am prior to the funeral.  Pastor Jeff Davis will serve as officiant.  Interment will be in the spring at Riverside Cemetery, Langston.  Memorial contributions in John’s memory may be given to the Hough-Pontius VFW Post 3701, Lakeview.


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Visitation

Wednesday

5

Dec

10:00 AM 12/5/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/5/2018 11:00:00 AM
Hurst Funeral Home

1801 W Washington Street
Greenville, MI 48838

Hurst Funeral Home
1801 W Washington Street Greenville 48838 MI
United States

Service

Wednesday

5

Dec

11:00 AM 12/5/2018 11:00:00 AM
Hurst Funeral Home

1801 W Washington Street
Greenville, MI 48838

Hurst Funeral Home
1801 W Washington Street Greenville 48838 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Riverside Cemetery Final Resting Place

3rd Street
Stanton, MI 48888

3rd Street Stanton 48888 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

VFW Hough Pontius Post #3701

8969 N. Greenville Rd.
Lakeview, MI 48850
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