Walter Olds

February 1, 1926August 22, 2013

Walter Olds, 87, died August 22, 2013. He was born in Akron, OH on February 1, 1926 to James and Mildred Mozier Olds. He served in the US Navy. Walter worked for the National Institute of Health at RTP and as a gem cutter at Charles Colvard. He enjoyed photography and traveling.

He is survived by his children, Kevin Olds of Akron, OH, Katherine Wulff of Durham, Anne (David) Kenny of Apex, and Elayne (Bill) Stockdale of Akron, OH; grandchildren, Emily Virtue and Tom Stockdale; brothers, Robert Olds of Brigham City, UT and James Olds of Crossville, TN; sisters, Sally Olds of Chicago, IL and Mary Foote of Eau Claire, WI; and partner, Marlene Barnard of Cary.

The family will receive friends from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 S.E. Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at the funeral home.

The family respectfully requests no flowers.

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  • Visitation Tuesday, August 27, 2013
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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Bob Jones

August 26, 2013

It take a Gem to make gems. Walt was a Gem in mant different ways. It was a joy to discuss photography with him. Full of ideas of way to improve photography and Life. We will miss Walt. He now has Heavenly Light for the remainder of his photographs. Walt, see you at the House. Bob Jones (Raleigh CCCC)

Linda Jones

August 26, 2013

I was very saddened to hear of Walt's passing. I always enjoyed talking with him at our area camera club functions. I extend my sincerest sympathy to all of his family.

Jayne Boyer

August 26, 2013

Many sympathies to Walt's family and friends. I am a better person for having known Walt and having had the opportunity to enjoy his wonderful photos.

Jayne Boyer
(former member of the NIEHS Camera Club)

"Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality." ~Emily Dickinson

August 26, 2013

Kathy, Anne, Kevin, Elayne and Marlene,
I am sorry for your loss. I will remember Walter Olds as a very smart man.
Ray Young

David Wulff

August 25, 2013

We were very sad to hear of the passing of Walt. He was a very fun man to be around and taught me a great deal. He will be missed.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Dave and Linda Wulff

Ben Whitney

August 25, 2013

Cousin Walt was born about one year later than I. In our early years I didn't like him because he was bigger than I was and could take the ball away from me, etc. As we grew I learned to like him. We went our ways, both in WW II, then many distances apart, I to Texas and then to the West Coast. I never really knew Walt until a couple of family reunions crossed our paths again. I was sorry we hadn't been able to see each other more often, he had raised a fine family and they too were to be proud of. The last we saw of Walt was in 2001 when he and Eldine paid us a visit here in Simi Valley, California. They used our home as a base from which they would visit the various tourist attractions. It was here that I learned more about this cousin of mine, so fun loving, jovial, just a very pleasant person. Carol and I send our deepest condolences to you siblings, children and Marlene. He was a man to remember.

August 25, 2013

We are sorry to hear of our loss with Walt's passing. Our sympathy to you all. I always appreciated my big brother out ahead of me breaking trail as I was growing up. I guess this means now I am on my own! Bob and Cathie Olds

Melanie Langmeyer

August 25, 2013

Kathy, my sincere condolences to you and your family during this time of loss. May some of the good memories warm your heart and give you peace.

August 25, 2013

Kathy, So sorry to hear that your dad passed away. He might be hanging out with a bunch of our old Ranchwood neighbors now! I do remember him with his flat top haircut! Hugs to you and your sibs.
Betsy Kenniston

Dick and Sharon Sloane

August 24, 2013

We had the pleasure and honor of knowing Walt as a friend, a pal, a confidant, a photographer, and leaders of the NIEHS Camera Club for over a decade. He served as treasurer. He and I also ran a short run photo enterprise called ROWS Imagery (OW for Walt Olds and RS for Richard Sloane) and shot about 5 weddings together. We also traveled to the Bahamas with Walt and Eldine.

He was a wonderful fun loving man who was a true friend. We imagine he's doing some great image making of the solar system now and savoring a big ice cream sundae as well.

Dick and Sharon Sloane
242 Hales Wood Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517