Charles Olmstead

Obituary of Charles N. Olmstead

Port Allegany--Charles "Sonny" Nathanial Olmstead, 84, of Port Allegany, passed away on April 8, 2024, at Olean General Hospital, from a short illness. 

Born August 15, 1939, in Wellsville, NY, he was the son of Llewellyn and Mary McCarthy Olmstead. On February 12, 1967, he married the former Lois Ann Hultz Gotshall, who predeceased him on May 15, 2020.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and served honorably for two years and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan for a short period of time.

He was employed at Dresser Rand of Olean, NY as a crane operator for 35 years, retiring in 2001.

Sonny enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outside, usually around animals. He was a member of the Olean, NY Rabbit Club and superintendent of the rabbit barn for McKean County Fair Association. He was a kind and gentle soul who liked to spend time with his family.

He is survived by: three step children; Joy (Kim) Fortner of Port Allegany, Jill (Tom) Jordan of Smethport, and James (Monica) Gotshall, Jr. of Sevierville, TN                                   

seven grandchildren: Michelle (Adam) Brugh, Erin (Alvin) Loveless, Katrina (Blane) Murphy, Justin (Stacey) Gotshall, Gabe Gotshall, Levi Gotshall and Craig Fortner, along with several great grandchildren

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one grandson, Clinton Jordan.

There will be no visitation or services at this time.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA, 80 Glenwood Ave., Bradford, PA 16701. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany, PA.

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