Olav Ormstad
1940 - 2020
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BITELY -- Olav Ormstad, 80, of Bitely, passed away July 3, 2020. Olav was born Svein Olav Ormstad, June 22, 1940, in Årnes, Norway, to Sverre Bernhard and Borghild (Høglund) Ormstad.

Olav is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dolores Ormstad; son, Svein B. (Brenda) Ormstad and their children, Svein N., Brent E. (Stephanie) Ormstad, Brittany (David) Feldpausch, Jacob H. Ormstad and Logan A. Ormstad; son, John E. (Rhonda) Ormstad and their children, Amanda Jean and Tyler Luke; sister, Anne Sundby; sisters-in-law, Linda Sandy and Beverly Jo (David) Duran; brother-in-law, Cato Mansås; and loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Bjørg Rønaas and Borgny Mansås; and mother-in-law, Beverly Mae Sandy.

Olav was a veteran of the Norwegian Army and Norwegian Airforce attached to American Defense System (Project Nike) at Fort Bliss, Texas. He was part of the United Nations Emergency Force on the Gaza Strip.

Olav was involved in many things in his lifetime. Aside from retiring from A.N.R. Pipeline and Blackhawk Engineering, he was a member of N.A.C.E for 25 years, Big Rapids Mason, Saladin Shrine Club on Flag Corps and 3 wheeled unit and a member of the Big Rapids Eagles.

Olav's proudest moment was when on January 22, 1971, he became an American Citizen. For nearly 50 years, he was a proud American.

There will be a public visitation for Olav from 5 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, July 9, at Verdun Funeral Home in Baldwin, with family hour from 4 to 5 p.m. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, July 10, at Curtice Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to the Baldwin Baptist Church.

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Published in Big Rapids Pioneer on Jul. 8, 2020.
Graveside service
10:00 AM
Curtice Cemetery
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July 12, 2020
My deepest sympathy to my aunt Dolores and my cousins Bernie, John, and family for their loss. I have many fond memories from my two visits to my uncle and his family in the United States.
Helge Sundby
July 9, 2020
KJære Dolores med familie,
Vi tenker på dere nå i den vonde tiden. Kondolerer. Vennlig hilsen fra Elsa og Magnus Nysveen
Elsa Nysveen
July 8, 2020
I met Olav in 1982 when I first began working for ANR Pipeline. While working at the front desk in the Area Office, a phone call came in from Norway. I was a newby and wasn't familiar with everyone. As I recall, it was Olav's brother-in-law. Because of his strong Norwegian accent, I was struggling to direct the call. Olav came to my desk with a big smile and advised he was expecting the call and would take it....what a relief for me. I was sad to read of his passing; such a nice man and family. Thoughts and prayers to all.
Barbara J Park
July 8, 2020
Great Guy I worked with him at Michigan Wisconsin pipeline great Family so Sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers .
Kevin Free
July 8, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Delores, Bernie, John, and family for their loss. I have wonderful memories of Olav and family as neighbors and great friends back in Broken Arrow on Madison street in the 70s/80s. Praying for peace and comfort to surround you all during this difficult time. All my love, Janet Roushia Handley!
Janet Roushia Handley
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