Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI


Olin Eugene Mace

July 18, 1929October 2, 2019

Olin Eugene Mace was born July 18, 1929 in Kansas City, MO to Olin E. Mace Sr. and Ersell Wadill Mace. Olin had one younger sister, Shirley Ersell Mace, who married Chuck Hennie. They had two children, Debra and Jim. Shirley died in 2015 and Chuck followed her one year later. Debra lives in Ohio, and Jim lives in Georgia.

He spent most of his youth in Grand Rapids, MI where he graduated from Ottawa High School in 1948 and Grand Rapids Junior College in 1950. After attending Michigan State College where he graduated with a degree in civil engineering he began working for the State of Michigan in the Department of Transportation in bridge design, ultimately rising to "squad" leader. He retired in 1991, after 40 years of service. While in college, Olin belonged to Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon engineering fraternities.

Olin married Janice McCandless Mace in 1954 in Midland, MI.

During his lifetime, Olin was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Okemos, MI where he served in many ways including usher, Sunday school teacher, financial secretary, and participated in the church softball and bowling teams. After retirement, Olin and Janice moved to Brookside Village in Lansing, MI where they became members of Calvary Lutheran Church, and he, again, ushered. Later, Olin became a member of University Lutheran Church where he was on the social action team, the welcome team, the archive team, and briefly worked in the garden. He went to men's breakfast every Wednesday, and he and Jan co-chaired the Freewheelers monthly breakfast for retirees of the church. He also volunteered in the gift shop at Sparrow Hospital for 15 years, and for a number of those years served as the gift shop's treasurer.

Olie and Jan had four children together and, as a parent, he was involved in many of his children's activities. He coached Karen's softball team, Paul's football and basketball teams, and David's football and basketball teams. He was also involved in the Boy Scouts with Paul, and the Indian Guides with David.

Olin is survived by his wife, Janice Mace; children, Kathy Mace, Karen Dalton, Paul Mace, and David and Rebecca Mace; grandchildren, Jacob Hunter, Michael Hunter, Melanie Dalton, Morgane Dalton, Nathalie Dalton, Gabrielle Mace, Gwendolyn Mace, and Gavin Mace; and his brother- and sister-in-law, Jim and Jane McCandless.

A celebration of Olie's life is being held at the University Lutheran Church 1020 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, 48823 at 2:00 pm on October 5, 2019. The ceremony will be preceded by a brief visitation with Olin's family from 1-2 pm.


  • Visitation Saturday, October 5, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, October 5, 2019


Olin Eugene Mace

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Dave Barrett

October 5, 2019

Dear Mace family,
We are so sorry for the loss of Olie. We often try to reflect on the many blessings we have in life, and we are thankful for the years of friendship we shared with Olie and Jan. I had the great pleasure of working with Olie in bridge design and always enjoyed his wonderful sense of humor. His frequent comment "I'm confused" always produced a smile from anyone that happened to be nearby. Olie was anything but confused. You can be proud of all he accomplished while employed by the Department of Transportation. He was an exceptional person and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace.

Dave & Kathleen Barrett

Diane Grettenberger

October 4, 2019

George , my husband, was a longtime friend of Olin's. The grew up in Grand Rapids and attended the same high school and junior college. He frequently talked about Olin and the times they shared. George passed away on July 28th, so I want you to know how fond George was of Olin. I, as well as George, enjoyed the pleasure of being with you, Jan, and Olin on a number of occasions. Maybe we can get together sometimes to reminisce. In the meantime, accept my deepest sympathy. Diane Grettenberger

Frank & Sharon Kania

October 4, 2019

Jan & Family;

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Frank & Sharon Kania
(Brookside neighbors)

Kathy Mace

October 4, 2019

So many memories ..... it is difficult to pick. We laugh a lot and Dad was the entertainer! Even in his last few weeks he was entertaining the staff and patients.... Miss him terribly......so thankful he is now comfortable. ❤️