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February 20, 2014

Douglas J. Olmstead

Douglas J. Olmstead

MIDDLEFIELD — Douglas John Olmstead, 88, of Middlefield, went to be with the Lord Friday afternoon, Feb. 14, 2014.

He was born Dec. 13, 1925, at The Thanksgiving Hospital in Cooperstown, a son of George Abram Olmstead Sr. and Zula M. Butler Olmstead.

Raised in Toddsville, he graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1943. During his high school years he was employed as an assistant shoe repairman by Angelo Pugliese at his shop on Main Street in Cooperstown.

On April 24, 1944, Doug entered into active service in the United States Army and proudly served his country during World War II. A truck driver with Company A 1778 Engineer Construction Battalion, he was stationed in Okinawa as part of the Asiatic Pacific Theatre of Operations. After re-enlisting in 1946, he earned his honorable discharge from the Armed Forces in April of 1949.

Upon returning to the Cooperstown area he was employed by the Clark Family, first at their sawmill and later at the Iroquois Meat Market and The Otesaga.

On Oct. 14, 1950, Doug married Rose Marie Dziergowski in a ceremony at the Rectory of St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Cherry Valley. Rose Marie died on July 24, 1972, at the age of 44. Doug then married Esther M. Christiansen on Nov. 17, 1973, at St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Cherry Valley. After 37 years of marriage, Esther died Sept. 26, 2010.

Throughout his life Doug had a talent for wood working and in his later years was self-employed as a cabinet maker. An expert with a divining rod, he was also a local dowser.

A devoted member of the Middlefield community, he was a Charter Member of the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department, and also served on the former Board of Supervisors representing the Town of Middlefield. He was also a life member of the Sgt. Walter P. Eggleston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7128 in Cooperstown.

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