Obituary of Vincent Steven Olmstead
November 9, 2016
Vincent Steven Olmstead, joined our heavenly father on October 30, 2016 in Tampa, Florida, where he was stationed in the United States Army. He was 26 years old. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 14, 2016 at Twin Cities Church with a visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Graveside services will follow at Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Grass Valley. Vincent will continue to be remembered following the services at a Celebration of Life at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building in Grass Valley. Vincent was born on June 7, 1990 in Grass Valley. During his early school years, he played baseball, was a Boy Scout (Troop 275) and even ran for class president in elementary school. He graduated from Nevada Union High School, Class of 2009. He continued his education for a year at Sierra College before enlisting into the United States Army in 2011, joining the 447th Signal Battalion, "The Assassins." During his time of service to our country, he achieved many accomplishments. He honorably received two joint accredited service medals, a Joint Meritorious Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, a Good Conduct Medal, and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. While in Korea, he received the Army Defense Service Ribbon, as well as an Overseas Service Ribbon. The courses he completed included a Combative Level 1, Combat Life Saver course, and the Unit Armor course, where he ranked 1st place in his squadron at the Warrior of the Quarter Board, coming in with the highest score for the Warrior Leadership School. Vincent was recognized as an expert marksman and he also completed a four-day driving/shooting course at BSR. One of his proudest achievements was his training as a United States Paratrooper 1st Squadron. Vincent's military deployments took him to many foreign places such as a Communication Security Tour in Korea 2014, Australia for a joint training mission in Communication Support, Hawaii and Alaska, most recently a combat tour where he was deployed for 4 months within a support joint task force where he executed special operations. Vincent's courage and acts of bravery have made our family, friends and military brothers and sisters so proud. Vincent as a child exhibited a very high level of intelligence, even at the youngest age, seeming to have an understanding of life beyond his years. Vincent, the oldest of five boys, always proved to be someone to look up to. His kind spirit touched the lives of many in his short years. He had a profound love for life, as he always lived it to the fullest; he was fearless and determined. He was surrounded by a very large family and his many diverse friends, he has inspired us all. Growing up, Vincent's interests included martial arts, anime, role playing and video games. He loved where he came from; he could never wait to visit the mountains and rivers. Vincent's many talents included snowboarding and music. Although he was self-taught, he played guitar and keyboard and enjoyed making songs. Vincent was blessed with rhythm, often being the first on the dance floor; he would often compete in the Dance Dance Revolution contests. His smile and laughter were contagious and he enjoyed making others feel good. He grew up to be such a great and honorable man and a wonderful son. Vincent served our country for 6 years. Family and friends that had not been able to see him much over the last few years were very happy to hear he was finally coming home this February. His unexpected passing will leave a void forever in the hearts of many. Vincent is survived by his parents Donnie and Monica (Carballo) Freeman, grandmother Theresa Barrios Torres, grandfather Rolly Torres, brothers Robert, David, Louie, and DJ. Also, many uncles, aunts, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Alex Carballo. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to All Veterans Honor Guard, 255 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley, Ca. Arrangements are under direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.