Robert Gary Olmstead, age 86, of Claremore, Oklahoma passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2021. He was born on October 13th, 1934 in Madera, California to Rex and Viola Olmstead. Gary spent his childhood in California. As a young adult he began working at Holberg’s Resort in Holberg, California. It was there that he met the love of his life Barbara Smart. Gary followed Barbara back to Oklahoma and they were married on June 18, 1955. Their union was blessed with four children, and a foster daughter. Gary supported his family by working for American Airlines as an electrician. He worked there for 30 years before retiring in 1993. Gary loved the Lord and served Him in many ways throughout the years. He sang in the choir, served as youth Sunday School director, and loved to greet the people at church. Gary and Barbara were faithful members of First Baptist Church of Rolling Hills and in their later years at First Baptist Church of Verdigris. Gary loved his family, working on his land, woodworking, and playing golf whenever he had the opportunity. He enjoyed taking his grandkids on tractor rides, and tending to his garden. He also liked to play cribbage, many nights you could find him sitting at a table with his sons or grandchildren playing and enjoying the company. His kind generous spirit, contagious smile, and Godly leadership will be missed by all who knew him. Gary was preceded in death by his wife Barbara, his parents, his Uncle Jack and Aunt Lil Simonds, his siblings Jack Olmstead and Janice Vierow. He is survived by his brothers David and his wife Shelly and Jonathan Olmstead. His children: Elizabeth and Paul Hill, Mark and Rhonda Olmstead, Jeffrey and Gail Olmstead, Steven and Missy Olmstead, and Tracy Olmstead. Grandchildren: Mark and Jennifer Olmstead, Skyler and Libby Olmstead, Justin and Stormie Hill, Sierra Olmstead, Amanda and Richard Trimm, Morgan and Robert Behrens, Brandon and Kaitie Olmstead, River Hill, Preston and Rachel Olmstead, Ireland Olmstead, and Gracie Olmstead. Great-Grandchildren: Erik, Megan, Madison, Scarlett, Hensley, Aria, Chloe, Bradley, Chase, Shane, Rogue, Laken, Diana, Barrett and Paisley, due next month.
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