John Irving Olmsted passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at his home in Gothenburg, after a valiant battle with colon cancer. He was 86 years old.

John and his twin brother, Gene, were born on January 30, 1933 at Wauneta, Nebraska, to parents Frederick and Beulah (Hann) Olmsted. He graduated from Wauneta High School. He continued his education at Kearney State College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education.

On April 24, 1952 he entered the US Air Force and proudly served his country until his honorable discharge on April 7, 1956.

John was united in marriage on September 8, 1963 to Karen “Kay” Lynn Moon, at the United Methodist Church in Wauneta. To this union three daughters were born. They made their home in Gothenburg where John taught History and Geography at the Junior High School from 1965-1972. He also worked for Boise Crane, Goshen Rubber, KK Appliance, Dawson County Welfare, and prior to retiring drove a fuel delivery truck.

John was an honest, upright man who loved God and was a Bible scholar. He was a devoted member of Gothenburg First United Methodist Church and Bible study group. He enjoyed bowling having won silver and bronze in the Cornhusker games.

Other favorites included playing pool and cards. His pride and joy were his grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Fred and Beulah Olmsted; infant daughter, Racheal Olmsted; and brother, Larry Olmsted.

Survivors include his wife of almost 56 years, Kay Olmsted of Gothenburg; daughters, Michelle K. (Olmsted) Chew of Gothenburg and Rebecca A. Olmsted of Lincoln; granddaughter, Amelia R. (Chew) Barber of Aurora, Colorado; grandson, John Edward Independence Chew of Estes Park, Colorado; brothers, Frederick Olmsted of Brother, IA and twin brother, Gene Olmsted, of Powell, WY; numerous family and a host of friends.

Memorials may be given in his name.

Visitation was held Friday, August 2, 2019, at First United Methodist Church in Gothenburg from 5-7 p.m. Friends may go online at www.herrmannfh.comto extend words of comfort to the family.

The Funeral Service was held Saturday, August 3, 2019, at 11 at First United Methodist Church in Gothenburg with Rev. Jamie Norwich McLennan officiating. Burial was then held at Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta, with Military Honors.

Herrmann Jones Funeral Chapel of Mc-Cook was entrusted with arrangements.