Walter Lloyd Olmsted Nov. 19, 1936 - May 31, 2014 STURGIS - Walter Lloyd Olmsted age 77 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Saturday afternoon May 31, 2014 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. He was born November 19, 1936 in Burlington Township, Michigan son of the late Lloyd "Bliss" and Ida (Chapel) Olmsted. Walter resided in Sturgis Since 1979. From 1956-1976 he lived in Coldwater, most of those years was spent on the family farm. He also lived in Quincy and Bridgeman. On June 16, 1956 he married Esther Stiles in Quincy. Walter retired from the Sturgis Foundry following 22 years of dedicated employment. At the time of his retirement he held the position of Superintendent. He also had been employed by the Midwest Foundry in Coldwater for 18 years, Bridgeman Casting in Bridgeman for three years and owned and operated a gas station and grocery store in Quincy for a short time. He enjoyed fishing, family vacations and traveling. He is survived by his wife: Esther; two sons: Thomas (Malinda) Olmsted of Union City and Mark (Annette) Olmsted of Sturgis; five grandchildren: T.J., Nathan, Andrea Patton, Skye Metty and Walter "Wally"; ten great grandchildren: Madasin, Makayla, Johnny, Olivia, Charli Kay, Ethan, Carrie, Leslie, Amanda and Jaxson; sisters-in-law: Miriam Johnson of New Carlisle, Indiana and Barbara Olmsted of Union City; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Bob Johnson and Deo Olmsted and step-sister: Kay Reide. The family will receive friends and family from 5:30 8:00 P.M. Tuesday at the Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-3284. Funeral services celebrating the life of Walter Lloyd Olmsted will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Deb Johnson will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis. The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Olmsted's memory consider Thurston Woods Village, 307 N. Franks Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091 or Heartland Hospice, 8075 Creekside Dr., Portage, MI 49024. The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com
where personal messages of support and floral arrangements may be ordered for the family.