Robert J. (Jim) Olmsted, 84, passed away at home on August 13, 2019, surrounded by his family. His death was due to complications from Renal Cell Cancer. Jim was born on June 23, 1935, in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Benson High School (Omaha, Nebraska) and from the University of Nebraska (Lincoln) with a BA in Business Administration. He lived in Surprise, Arizona with his wife Bonnie.
Jim is survived by his wife, Bonnie; son, Thomas (Jannette) Olmsted of Argyle, TX; daughter, Krista (Eric) Hill of Groveland, Massachusetts, and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Mary Jo Olmsted.
After college Jim became a commissioned officer in the United States Army as a Signal Corps Officer. He was a member of the Army for 5 years. After his separation from the Army, Jim worked for 35 years the phone company for 35 years, beginning as a lineman, and working up to his final position as the Manager of Revenue Operations in Des Moines, IA. He retired in 1995 and moved to Surprise, AZ.
Jim was very active member in several associations. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the American Legion, the Optimists Club, and Shriners International, just to name a few. He was passionate about giving a voice to people who had little to no voice. He spent countless hours ensuring that the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was upheld in his community. He was awarded certificates of appreciation from the Surprise Citizen’s Corps Council, the Board of Directors of the Telecom Pioneers and the Mayor of the City of Surprise, all for his efforts to support the ADA. He was also awarded a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Army Freedom Team, for his ongoing support to the United States Army.
Memorial contributions may be directed to:
Olmsted-Urban House, Urbandale Historical Society, 4010 70th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322.
Tourette Association of America, 42-40 Bell Boulevard, Suite 205, Bayside, NY 11361 (www.tourette.org).
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Olmsted-Urban House, Urbandale Historical Society
4010 70th Street, Urbandale IA 50322
Tourette Association of America
42-40 Bell Boulevard, Suite 205, Bayside NY 11361