Oliver “Ollie” William Estes, passed away peacefully on February 27, 2016 at his residence surrounded by his family. Oliver was born on January 5, 1934 in Baxter Springs, Kansas to the late Oliver and Gertrude (Roper) Estes. After high school, Ollie graduated from Pittsburgh State Teacher’s College in 1956 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He also received an Associate’s degree in Police Science.
Oliver entered the United States Army on July 5, 1956 where he proudly served his country for almost 30 years; serving with Military Police Corps, and achieving the rank of Sergeant Major in 1980. Throughout his distinguished military career, Oliver was known to be kind, compassionate and dedicated to excellence. Oliver received many recognitions and awards including but not limited to: Legion of Merit Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal with 9th Award, Army Occupation Medal (Berlin), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Germany and Korea), Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Humanitarian Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. In 1986, he was honorably discharged with full honors and continued working in civil service at Fort Carson for 11 years. While in civil service at Fort Carson, he found great gratification working with soldiers and their families. He was a patient and loving man who was an active and dedicated member of the Rocky Mountain Armed Forces Top Enlisted Association and the Berlin U.S. Military Veterans Association.
While stationed in Berlin, Germany, he met Astrid Bredlau. The two were married on March 4, 1961. Together they enjoyed travelling, watching game shows and spending time with their children, grandchildren, and great grandchild.
Oliver is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Astrid; daughter, Cindy (Dan) Lincicome; grandchildren: Michael Oliver (Christine) Estes and Daniel Glenn Lincicome; great grandchild, Aiden Christopher Estes and his sister, Alice Burnett. He was preceded in death by his brother, Henry Estes.
Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 7, 2016 at the Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home, 1730 East Fountain Boulevard. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the Shrine of Remembrance. Interment and military honors will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado (staging area “A.”).