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Richard C. Olmstead

Mr. Richard C. Olmstead, age 81, passed from this life on Saturday, September 9, 2023, in Mena, Arkansas. He entered this life September 13, 1941, in Hampton, Iowa.

Richard was a telemetry operator by profession, working for the United States Air Force and working to protect his country by tracking military satellites and missiles. Mr. Olmstead took an interest in trains and sailing. He was also a member of the Eastern Star Lodge #22 and a member of the Masonic Lodge in California and the Masonic Lodge in Ohio #711.

Mr. Olmstead was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James “Jim” Olmstead; and by his stepson, David Cooke. He is survived by his loving wife, Judith Olmstead; son, Ty Olmstead and wife Shawn; daughter, Dawn Ciferno and husband Tom; stepson, Robert Young; stepdaughters; Denise Lee, Diane Townley; grandchildren, Reana Olmstead, Brielle Olmstead, Samantha Skidmore and husband Branson, Tommy Ciferno, Audrey Ciferno, Dom Ciferno, Lilliana Ciferno, Olivia Ciferno; step grandchildren, William Ritchie, Jaime Levine, David Cooke III, Zachary Cooke, Bryan Harris, Brooke Harris, Katie Young, Ryan Young; step great-grandchildren, David Ritchie, William Ritchie, Addison Levine, Mason Levine, Paisley Young, Journey Young; brother, Steve Olmstead; as well as by a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends too numerous to mention.

Cremation services for Mr. Olmstead are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. There will be a service announced at a later time.

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