Clarence Olmstead, 93, an eight-year resident of Whitman Health and Rehab of Colfax, Wash., died Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Clarence was born Feb. 12, 1920, in Greenacres, Wash., the fifth child of Earl and Pearl Olmstead.
His mother died when Clarence was two weeks old. He attended Central Valley High School in Veradale, Wash. He followed his brother, Harold, to Cascade Locks, Ore., where they both worked on Bonneville Dam.
Clarence married Florence Moore of Hood River, Ore., on Oct. 11, 1941. Their son, Steve, was born Feb. 11, 1945. Both have preceded Clarence in death.
Clarence was a decorated World War II veteran. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Service Star for heroic action during the Battle of the Bulge. Although he was severely wounded he managed to crawl along a roadside drain ditch and warn the approaching armored division of a bridge that was armed with bombs.
He was an electrician in Hood River for many years.
Survivors include his nephew, Charles Olmstead, of LaCrosse; Carol Huntley Cohen, of Mt. Vernon, and Anita Dawson, of Spokane Valley, all in Washington.
A graveside service is planned for 1 p.m. July 13 at the Idlewilde Mausoleum, 980 Tucker Road, Hood River.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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