John C. Olmstead, 87, of Fort Dodge passed away at home, Sunday, August 15, 2021.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at First United Methodist Church with Rev Jena Finch-Manchester officiating. Burial will follow at the Otho Cemetery with military rites presented. A visitation will be Tuesday 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Prayer service starting at 6:30 p.m. at Laufersweiler Funeral Home.
John is survived by his daughter, Danita "Dee" Burbank (Mark Alcorn) of Fort Dodge; grandchildren, Jeff and Teresa Burbank; Lora and Chris Novencido; Noelle Olmstead; great grandchildren, Ryan, Connor and Katie Burbank; Fisher, Josie, Sydney, Miura Novencido; brother, Ed (Linda) Olmstead of South Bend, IN.
He was preceded in death by his parents Vern and Sylvia (Sheker) Olmstead, wife Betty in 2017 and son John Charles Olmstead in 2020.
John Clark Olmstead was born March 4, 1934 in Fort Dodge. He attended Fort Dodge schools and graduated from FDSH in 1952. He then went to Iowa Central Community College and later ISU to study agriculture. John and Betty met at a dance while he was serving in the United States Army stationed in Aberdeen, MD. The couple was united in marriage on May 20, 1956 in Elkton, MD but later made Fort Dodge their home. John surprised many by being a pilot and flying his airplane often. However, his flying days were over after he met Betty. Loving her as he did he hung up his flying jacket and the couple enjoyed over 60 years together. Having a mutual love of dogs, John and Betty raised Irish Setters. The family enjoyed camping and John was an avid hunter and fisherman. John had a long career with Hormel's and later Nissen's.
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