The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


December 31, 2012

Jack L. Olmstead

DANVILLE — Jack L. Olmstead, 83, of Danville, passed away Dec. 30, 2012, at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center.

He was born in Fithian on June 16, 1929. He was the only child of James and Lydia Irene (Brown) Olmstead.

A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Second Church of Christ, Danville. A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Sunset Funeral Home. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park.

He married Lois Arlene Bloemker on Aug. 28, 1949. She survives. They have three sons, James H. (Sharon), of Lowell, Ark., John M. (Ruby), of Lincoln, and Philip E. (Janet), of Danville; nine grandchildren, Jeff, Thad, Corey, Jared, Jaclyn, Tera, Keri, Angela and Ashley; and 17 great-grandchildren, Travis, Kylie, Preston, Jaden, Lawson, Aaron, Lara, Akiana, Caleb, Payton, Makayla, Ashton, Asia, Keilin, Ava, Kalina and Livingston.

Jack graduated from Oaklawn Grade School in 1943 and Danville High School in 1947. He also attended Minnesota Bible College in Minneapolis and Lincoln Christian College in Lincoln where he met his wife.

He was a letter carrier in Danville for 32½ years. Jack also was a volunteer and a staff member of the Vermilion County Museum for over 14 years. He served as an election judge at Cannon School. He had volunteered as a Red Vest, with the Readers Route and with P.A.C.E. Jack was a guide for Presley Tours. He worked with the deaf church at Catlin Church of Christ for over 20 years.

He was a member of Second Church of Christ, where he taught the Kum Dubble Class and helped in the G.A.P., served on the library and missions committees and helped start Boy Scout Troop 390.

He was a member of Olive Branch 38 and Danville Consistory, Danville Art League, Old Town Preservation, IGHS and was a life member of the Vermilion County Museum Society. He helped start the Camera and Magic clubs. In 2002 he won the R.O.S.E award.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jack’s name to Second Church of Christ Children’s Ministry, Second Church of Christ or to the Vermilion County Museum.

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