OBITUARY

Frederick Allen "Ted" Olmstead III

December 6, 1951September 4, 2021
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December 6, 1951 – September 4, 2021 A funeral service to celebrate the beautiful life of Frederick Allen “Ted” Olmstead lll, 69, of Columbia, South Carolina will be held at Union United Methodist Church, Irmo, South Carolina, Friday, September 10 at 1 o’clock. The family will receive friends immediately after the service in the fellowship hall. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel.

Ted was born December 6, 1951 to the late Frederick Allen Olmstead Jr and Helen Hauk Olmstead. He was predeceased by his sister,Nancy Lynn Olmstead. Ted is survived by his wife of 38 years, Tracy Locklier Olmstead and his sons, Brennan Roy Olmstead (Bethany) of Greenville, South Carolina, Jordan Allen Olmstead and Lathan Hauk Olmstead, both of Columbia, South Carolina and grandsons, Quinn Roy Olmstead and Teddy William Olmstead of Greenville, South Carolina; a brother, Thom Olmstead (Rody) of Cleveland, Ohio; sister, Debbie Kramer of Orlando, Florida and sister, Kathi Wade (Jim) of Atlanta Georgia; two treasured aunts; many cousins; a beautiful goddaughter and 7 nieces and nephews who he dearly loved.

Ted was a 1969 graduate of Cleveland Heights High School and attended Ohio State University. He remained a passionate Buckeye and Browns fan. He was a member of Union United Methodist Church where he was very active in the New Life Sunday School class there. Ted was very proud of his role portraying Jesus in the annual Easter Alive presentation at Union. He was an avid runner and earned his black belt at the age of 56. His most important role was always as a father to his three sons and a grandfather to his two grandsons. Ted rarely missed a ball game or a chance to spend time with “the boys”.

Ted never wavered in his strength and his courage fighting a most difficult disease in his last years. He was a true example of a man who lived by faith. God, Family and Friends were Ted’s priority. Tracy, Brennan, Jordan and Lathan would like to thank the friends that held us up during this time. You were not only brothers and sisters in Christ but you are our family.

Since one of Ted’s first questions was “Can I wear jeans?” you most definitely can.

Memorials may be made locally to Leeza’s Care Connection, 201 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC 29212 or to MUSC at Carroll Campbell Neuropathology Lab, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, 171 Ashley Avenue MSC 908, Charleston, SC 29425-9080. Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 9, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, September 10, 2021

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Kay Brown

September 9, 2021

It was truly a blessing for me to have shared the Easter Alive experience with my friend Ted. He will remain in so many hearts as a warm and loving soul. My love to Tracy and their precious boys.

Louise Shirk

September 9, 2021

When I think of Ted, I immediately think of how much he loved his wife and his sons. What a great legacy to leave. We will be praying for your family in the days ahead. Louise and Tom Shirk

Lucilla Schoenlein

September 9, 2021

We remember Ted's big smile and bright eyes. Tracy and Ted were a loving couple with a beautiful family. He will be missed.
Lu and Bob

Suzanne Ringer

September 8, 2021

Dear Tracy and Family,
I will always treasure the love and Christian example Ted was to me and my family. We are all better people for knowing Ted. Our love and prayers are with you in the days ahead.
In Christ,
Suzanne and Jim Ringer

Carmen Goulet

September 8, 2021

Steve and I offer our condolences to your family! We remember all the football games our sons shared together. Those were some exciting times. Ted always had kind words and you could tell how he loved his family and how they loved him. Blessings to you all!

Jerry and Sheryl Hudgins

September 7, 2021

I'm wearing my Carolina Wings Beer Club tee shirt in honor of Ted. It is the most expensive tee shirt I have ever owned, but one that I cherish the most because of the great memories and camaraderie shared with the New Life Beer Friends. I still have a question that remains unanswered; I never knew what Ted did for a living, but I was told he did it well!

John Clinger

September 7, 2021

I was blessed to be able to work along side Ted for a number of years. Ted was instrumental in showing me how to treat people with respect and dignity. He also helped me increase my faith and walk with Jesus. I will always treasure our friendship and lifting prayers to his wonderful family.

Pam Brumet

September 7, 2021

Ted was a wonderful husband and father. He will be missed by all who knew him. Sending my love and prayers to Tracy and the boys.

Mary Hammond

September 7, 2021

I remember Ted portraying Jesus in Easter Alive. He was such a joy to know. He always had a ready smile and a hug for friends. I am so blessed to have had his friendship as part of my life. May God provide strength and peace to all the family.

Jan Ross

September 6, 2021

Ted was a true gentleman with a warm, wonderful smile. We knew each other in high school and enjoyed attending dances there. Over the years, Ted expressed his pride and great love for his family, as well as how athletic his sons are, even admitting how they really exhausted him while playing a sport, but not wanting them to know he couldn't keep up with them....we laughed, blaming it on age. My heartfelt condolences to the Olmstead family and all who loved Ted. He will be missed!

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