Robert Carl Olerich

Published 3:29 pm Wednesday, July 10, 2024

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April 10, 1941 – July 3, 2024

Manteo, NC – Robert Carl Olerich, 83, of Manteo, NC, passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Born on April 10, 1941, in Wall Lake, IA, he was the son of the late Jessie Erickson Olerich and Edward Olerich.

Robert served his country honorably in the United States Air Force. Following his discharge, he continued to serve his community by joining Local Union 540 Plumbers and Steamfitters, where he worked diligently for many years.

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There are many things that could be said about a man who lived well. He embraced and found joy in the simple pleasures of life: the ocean, fishing, a good meal paired with anything chocolate, keeping a well-manicured lawn with colorful flowers, and music of all genres; he was a very popular dance partner in his prime. His wittiness and fun-loving nature will truly be missed.

In addition to the precious hats Robert wore as son, brother, husband, uncle, and most notably “Grandpop,” he was a proud veteran and brave warrior to the very end, battling heart disease and other health conditions for numerous years. There was no doubt, the love he had for his family was unconditional and without expectation. He was well-loved in return, and his memory will be cherished forever.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Pattie Long Olerich; stepdaughters, Debbie Wescott of Kitty Hawk and Tammy Wescott (Mark) of Manteo; five grandchildren, Shawn (Mary), Jenna (Owen), Brett (Katlin), Todd, and Meredith (Josh); eight great-grandchildren; sister, Deb Olerich; and nieces, Haiden and Luciann.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2024, at Twiford Colony Chapel in Manteo. To live stream Robert’s service, please visit

In loving memory of Robert, contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans (, an organization he deeply cherished and supported.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at