Oleg was a loving husband to his wife Betsy and wonderful father to his kids Alek, Kris, Kurt, Stephanie, and Myke, plus a super grandfather to Nick, Kara, Dirk, Kyle, Hannah, and Sophia. He was looking forward to spending time with Kaelyn who was born on September 7th, 2010. All have many fond memories and will miss him dearly - click here for the formal obituary. If you'd like to share your thoughts about Oleg, which are posted after the pictures, please click here to Email his son Alek.
|Spring 1999 in Colorado at Indian Peaks Golf Course - Oleg chips over a bank of snow ... it's in the 'da hole!|
I mentioned my lawn mower was periodically stalling on me and as always, his ears perked up immediately. He asked various troubleshooting questions and offered some possible remedies which I said I would try out. The conversation was especially funny because he got my mother on the phone ("you've got to hear this Honey") since the symptoms were similar to ones they had with their car years earlier during a cross country road trip ... and were tempted to shove the car into the Grand Canyon!
A couple of days went by and at 7:58PM (PDT) on August 28th, I received the last Email I would get from my father:
"How is your mower working?" (Classic Dad ... may he Rest In Peace)
The next morning, he passed away at 7:47AM (PDT) on August 29th, 2010.
After hearing the bad news Sunday morning, I removed the mower spark plug and carefully cleaned and re-gapped it to 0.03". The following day, I mowed the lawn a day after his death - he would have wanted that. And while I usually only do a single pass, my father always said (and set the example) to do the "best" job ... so I did a second pass just for him.
The shirt is from his 70th birthday celebration (we golfed of course) and
click here to see a movie of me mowing the lawn.
All of the members of the Class of '61 and wives who reside in Washington were there (Cochran, Hopp, Kerr, McMonigle and myself). We were also honored and pleased to note that Paul Hinton joined us from Broomfield, Colo. The family and friends were most pleased to learn of our presence. As you know, Oly will be interred at the Air Force Academy Cemetery.
Displayed in the reception foyer were items from Oly's Air Force career, medals, photographs and documents, along with several items from his days as a Boeing Co. flight instructor. And, we were well-reminded that Oly's life was centered on family, to represent and model the highest in character and honor to them, and to nurture and teach his children as they grew into maturity. Amusingly, we were also let in on one of his hidden agendas in life, to shoot his age in golf! He almost did that, passing just before he turned 72.
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