Retired Lt. Col. Francis Anthony Olig, age 88, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at his home in Niceville, Fla.
He was born in Panama, Iowa, on May 27, 1920, the seventh of 10 children to Matthias and Suzanna Olig. He married Doris Schimmelpfennig in 1956 at McNair Army Chapel in Berlin, Germany. Lt. Col. Olig retired from the U.S. Army after 24 years of service, including three assignments in Korea. He also served in the Philippines, Germany, Texas, Georgia, Colorado, and finally as an Army advisor to the U.S. National Guard in Everett, Wash.
After retirement, he attended the University of Washington earning a bachelor's degree in teaching. In 1973, he moved his family to Niceville and began teaching industrial arts at Meigs Junior High School in Shalimar, Fla. He was an active member of the Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club for 14 years, including past president.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Doris; three children, Denice Olig, Eric Olig and Mark Olig; two grandchildren, Courtney and Elizabeth Olig; four siblings, Zita Kohanek, Eileen Purnell, Delores Herkenrath and Ralph Olig; a sister and brother-in-law, Anita and Paul Stephens; daughter-in-law, Leslie Olig; and many nieces and nephews.
His life will be celebrated with a memorial service at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Niceville, on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Niceville.
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Feb. 3, 2009