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Olen Egbert

April 21, 1923 - March 25, 2015

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Egbert, Olen (Speedy)
M.Sgt. Olen Laverne Egbert of Gilbert passed from this life to the next on March 25, 2015 at the age of 91. He is free from suffering in the arms of his savior, Jesus. Speedy was born in 1923 in Mt Vernon, IL to John Bone and Ermol (Monday) Egbert. He enlisted in the army and served in WWII as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. He fought in the invasion of Sicily, earned a Bronze Star, and Operation Market Garden in Holland, where he was wounded and received a Purple Heart...

Egbert, Olen (Speedy)
M.Sgt. Olen Laverne Egbert of Gilbert passed from this life to the next on March 25, 2015 at the age of 91. He is free from suffering in the arms of his savior, Jesus. Speedy was born in 1923 in Mt Vernon, IL to John Bone and Ermol (Monday) Egbert. He enlisted in the army and served in WWII as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. He fought in the invasion of Sicily, earned a Bronze Star, and Operation Market Garden in Holland, where he was wounded and received a Purple Heart medal. While recuperating in a hospital in England, he met and married Sheila Jewell. Their son Mike was born in 1946. After WWII, Speedy was stationed in Germany, Korea, Alaska, North Carolina, Laos, Okinawa, and Vietnam. He was in the 82nd Airborne, a special forces unit known as the "Green Beret". Speedy married Betty Jean Boger in 1947. Their son Randy was born in 1950 and Gary in 1956. After serving his country for 21 years, Speedy retired and moved with his family to Mesa in 1966.
After his army career, Speedy and his Jean raised their family in Mesa. Speedy loved his family and worked hard to provide everything they needed. He also made time for fun with his family: water skiing, scuba diving, snow skiing, and motorcycles were part of family life. Later, Speedy loved traveling with his wife Jean in their motor home, often taking grandkids with them to many places in America. He loved his family generously, putting their needs above his own.
For his second career, Speedy drove his own truck for 30 years. He retired again, selling his rig and traveling. After a while he wanted to drive again, and worked for Knight trucking, driving their trucks for another 4 years, then finally retired again. After his final retirement, Speedy took care of his wife Jean who had health issues, taking her to several medical appointments every week. He loved her faithfully until she passed away in 2010.
Speedy is survived by his sons, Mike and Gary (Ellie), grandchildren Shane, Roxanne, Kimberly, Scott, Kristina, Tiffany, Stephen, & Ryan, 9 great-grandchildren, along with friends who were honored to know him. Speedy lived a full and exciting life, and maintained his smile and sense of humor to the end. Speedy trusted Christ in this life and he & Jean attended Church of the Redeemer in Mesa where they were baptized, and Bethany Community Church in Tempe. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, at 11am at Redemption Church, 1820 W Elliot Rd in Gilbert. Interment will be the next day on Friday April 3rd at 10:30 am at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona located at Pinnacle Peak and Cave Creek Rd.
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Arrangements under the direction of Lakeshore Mortuary, Mesa, AZ.