Leland Olmstead’s sudden death on April 9, 2019, leaves his family and friends heartbroken. To not see or hear his boisterous laugh, to watch him tinker on his vehicles, or to enjoy a good meal leaves a sadness with us all.
Leland was born August 11, 1978, to Sylvia Collier and Gary Olmstead.
Sylvia was institutionalized for postpartum depression, and Leland spent his early years on his grandparents Irene and Bermal Olmstead’s farm. When his father remarried, Leland was one of the youngest of 11 kids in a blended family. Life was not easy.
Leland attended Skyline Schools in Urbana, Mo., completed welding school in Nevada, Mo., and worked as a welder in Buffalo, Mo., at the time of his death. Leland was a hard worker and never wanted to be given something he didn’t earn.
Leland was close to his sisters Annette and Sheila. Both were examples for him and reminded him he was not alone. He loved having a cup of coffee with Sheila, talking over life and setting goals. They will miss him terribly.
Being a generous man, he loved helping his uncle David and aunt Darlene Olmstead and his great-aunt Loreta Giberson with her fish pond and anything he could.
He loved his mother, Sylvia, and they became close when he visited her throughout her life in nursing homes.
Leland was a loving, caring dad and so proud of his son, Casen. He wanted the best for him and always longed for more time with his son.
Leland had attended Prairie Chapel UMC in Urbana, Mo., where he found peace and fellowship. He prided himself in reading the Bible and helping with the food bank. Leland knew his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and will be welcomed home with open arms from our Heavenly Father, his loving mother, Sylvia, and brother Michael.
Leland was preceded in death by his grandparents: Sylvan and Javene Collier of Urbana, Mo., and Bermal and Irene Olmstead of Preston, Mo.; his mother, Sylvia Collier; and his brother, Michael Olmstead.
Leland is survived by his son, Casen Alexander Olmstead; his father, Gary Olmstead; and two sisters: Sheila Olmstead and 3 children, and Annette Dixon and her daughter, Barbara.
A graveside memorial service will be held at Fisher Cemetery in Preston, Mo., May 15, 2019, at 10:00 a.m.
John 4:4 You, dear Children are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one in the world.