Richard Floyd Olney, 81, of Midland died peacefully on Friday, March 14, 2014 surrounded by family. He was born March 6, 1933, in Gaylord, to the late Floyd Lester and Helen (Mitchell) Olney.
He married Margaret "Peg" Johnson April 21, 1951 in Cadillac. She preceded him in death on Jan. 7, 2003
Richard worked for the Midland City Fire Department from 1957 to July of 1984 and retired as Captain. Richard was an avid golfer and cherished his time on the golf course.
He also enjoyed the winters he spent in Phoenix, Ariz. Dick spent a lot of spare time watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren playing sports.
He continued to volunteer at Midland High sporting events for many years. He also enjoyed spending time with his coffee club at the mall.
Richard is survived by his three daughters, Sandy and Gary Marshall , Patti Olney, Jan and Mike Vasicek; one son, David Olney; one sister, Judy (Chuck) Durham; and one brother, Tom (Susan) Olney; and by his close friend, Edith Soles. He is also survived by grandchildren, Angie (Dan) Cullen, Geoff (Sara) Marshall, Eric (Melissa) Olney, Matt (Kim) Quehl, Adam Olney, Michael Vasicek, Nick Rolley, Ashley Vasicek; and great-grandchildren, Josh, Abby, Gabe, Jadyn, Mercedes, Serena, Ava, Connor, Carter and Connor.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Smith-Miner Funeral Home, with Pastor Dan Youmans officiating.
Visitation for Richard will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will take place at Midland City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, and those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Senior Services "Meals on Wheels" or Chippewa Nature Center.
Online condolences can be given at smithminer.com