Lester “Bruce” Olmstead, 90, of Plainville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at Apple Rehab of Farmington Valley in Plainville, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Patricia (Tufts) Olmstead. Bruce was born Feb. 25, 1928, in New Britain, the son of the late Lester Lockwood and Ellen J. (Burke) Olmstead, and has been a Plainville resident since 1965. He was a 1946 graduate of New Britain High School.
Following graduation Bruce proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was employed as an Inspector at Emhart of Berlin, retiring after many years of service. Bruce was a member of the VFW Post 511 of New Britain and the Plainville Stamp Club. He had a passion for the Revolutionary War and attended many Bicentennial reenactments. Bruce was a talented artist, who especially enjoyed sketching. He loved to roller skate and was still skating well into his 80s. He also enjoyed traveling with his family, visiting all 50 states as well as Europe, Japan, and the South Pacific. Bruce was a Communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Church in Plainville.
Besides his loving wife Patricia, he leaves his son, Bruce D. Olmstead of Columbia, Ala., his daughters, Lynn Rankin and her husband, Douglas of Taunton, Mass., and Patricia Nordel and her husband, David of Billings, Mont., his grandchildren, Douglas, MacLean, and Gillian Rankin, Alexander, Elizabeth, Ethan, and Patrick Olmstead, David Nordel and his wife, Natae, and Dominic Nordel and his great-granddaughter, AvaLynn Nordel. He also leaves his aunt and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Bruce was predeceased by his sisters, Lucille, Phyllis, and Virginia.
Family and friends may gather at the Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St., Plainville, on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. with a service in celebration of Bruce’s life beginning at 12 p.m. Burial with military honors will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Post 511 of New Britain, 41 Veterans Drive New Britain, CT 06051, or to the VFW Post 574 of Plainville, 7 Northwest Drive, Plainville, CT 06062. For additional information or to leave words of sympathy please visit Bruce’s tribute page at www.bailey-funeralhome.com .