John Stephen Olmstead, 49, Fargo, died Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Sanford Palliative Care in Fargo. John son of Stephen and Janet Olmstead was born January 8, 1967. He grew up in Fargo and graduated from Fargo South High School in 1984. John attended NDSCS and earned his degree in Culinary Arts. John married Lara Loritz in West Fargo. He worked at the Doublewood Inn and Holiday Inn of Fargo before moving to Minneapolis where Aramark employed him for many years.  John had been working at Compass group until he became ill and returned to Fargo to be with his family. John had a deep appreciation of music which he shared with many friends. He is survived by his parents, Stephen and Janet, Fargo; sisters, Michelle (Patrick) Beyer, Fargo, Erika (Peter) Hiestand, Afton, MN; nieces and nephews, Jordan Dalton, Kaytlyn, Alexis, Brandon, Dria, Aliyah, Justin, Mady, Stevie, Coltra, Maxwell, Camden Dominik and one great niece ; and special friend Tracy Styf. A Memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center.To sign the online guestbook, please visit

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  1. He’s soaring with angels! His presence will forever be felt by his loved ones in the memories made. My heartfelt sympathy for John’s family.

  2. You’ve gained another guardian angel at a very young age. May God guide Jon as he rises thru the gates and onto his next life. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. May God ease your pain and sorrow at this difficult time. Jon was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

  3. To the Olmstead, Lundblad, and Nyhof families, our family is so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. Charlie and Angie Knapp, Jason Nelson, Laurie Nelson Hernandez, and Jacqueline Knapp Bartley.

  4. Sorry to hear you go at a young age John Rest In Peace and I’ll see you in a different time. My condolences go out to your family to I’m sorry for your loss take care at this hard time in life.

  5. Janet and family I’m so sorry for your loss and know that this is a difficult time for all of you. Thinking of you and my prayers are for you at this time.

  6. I am so saddened to here of John’s illness and passing. We had a lot of good times on school and at the lake. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  7. Janet and family,
    I was so sorry to read about the passing of your son. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. It is always difficult to lose a child no matter what age, but do know that although the pain truly never goes away it does lesson in time. Live for the wonderful memories you will have of John.

  8. Janet and Stephen:

    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your son John. My prayers are with you and your entire family at this difficult time. Hang onto the precious and fun family memories you have and always hold them in your heart!

  9. I am saddened to hear of John’s passing.
    My sincere deep condolences to all of you in this sad time. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to visit with you and John earlier this fall.
    God Bless
    Steve Kehm

  10. Steve and Janet, Sorry for your loss, just found out about it now on Shanley’s web page. We lost our 38 year old daughter in October 2014 .

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