Obituary: David F. Oltedale, 86

by | Dec 28, 2022

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David F. Oltedale, 86, passed away on December 23. He was the husband of the late Elsie (Palmgren) and the former husband of Barbara (Forest) MacDonald. Born in East Greenwich, he was a son of the late Sven O. and Edna (Algren) Oltedale.

David was employed alongside his brother, Richard, for decades at the Bay Mill in West Warwick. The mill was founded by their father, Sven, and originally located in East Greenwich. David was a graduate of East Greenwich High School, a U.S. Army Veteran, and a man of strong Christian faith.

He was passionate about music especially playing the trumpet. He played trumpet in various Rhode Island settings including; the RI Orchestra, the Warwick City Orchestra, and at Emanuel Lutheran Church, where he also sang in the choir. He was a past Treasurer at Emanuel Lutheran and had numerous longtime friends from the church.

David is survived by two sons: Mark S. Oltedale and his wife, Gail, of North Kingstown, with their son, Justin, and Erik Oltedale of West Greenwich; his brother, John “Jack” Oltedale; and nieces, Deborah Oltedale Chandler and Sarah Oltedale Crawley. He was the brother of the late Richard Oltedale.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, December 30 at 11:00 a.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church in West Warwick. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery of East Greenwich. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, December 29, from 5:00- 7:00 p.m. at Hill Funeral Home in EG.

With deep gratitude, the family wishes to thank the staff at Sunny View Nursing Home in Warwick for their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s name to Emanuel Lutheran Church.

An online condolence may be left with the funeral home HERE.

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December 29, 2022 10:19 am

Mark, I am so sorry to see this as I am out of town. Please accept my condolences

December 30, 2022 7:35 am

Our prayers and blessings go out to Jack and the rest of the Oltedale family. May you be strengthened by all the memories you have gathered down through the years. God Bless and God Rest.

Bruce & Elaine Mastracchio

Don Rice
Don Rice
December 31, 2022 9:58 am

David was a nice person, and I enjoyed knowing him as I’m sure many others did.


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