Capt. Howard William Olmsted (retired U.S. Marine Corps
), age 81, of Tyler, passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, surrounded by his loving family.
Howard was born on April 1, 1931, in Akron, Ohio, to William Edward and Meryl Olmsted; they preceded him in death. Shortly after high school, he began a three decade-long career serving his country as a proud member of the United States Marines. He married the love of his life, Maybelle Joan Hailey, and together they spent almost 50 years as best friends, living a lifetime of memories until her passing on June 30, 2004.
Poppy, as he was affectionately known, was a stranger to no one. He loved the Texas Rangers and Andy Griffith, but his happiest moments were spent sharing time with his children and his grandchildren.
Howard is survived by one daughter, Andrea Freeman and husband Tony, of Flint; grandchildren, Nick Freeman, of North Carolina, Toby Freeman, of Tyler, and Lilly Olmsted, of Bentonville, Ark.; sister, Andrea Joenseth, of California; brother, David Olmsted, of Washington; daughter-in-law, Stacy Olmsted-Green of Bentonville, Ark.; and by a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and very special friends.
He also was preceded in death by one son, Howard William Olmsted II.
A memorial service for Howard "Poppy" Olmsted will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Southern Oaks Baptist Church with Bro. Larry Craig and Bro. Larry Melhart officiating. Burial will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at Fairview Cemetery in Joplin, Mo., with Bro. Larry Melhart officiating and under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary in Joplin.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701; or Toys for Tots, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Gift Processing Administrator, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, Va. 22172.