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Milton Rodney Olazagasti

Died: 3/27/2010

Milton Rodney Olazagasti, age 79, of Woolford, MD, formerly of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully surrounded by family after a short illness on March 27, 2010.

Born in New York, NY, Milton spent most of his childhood in Puerto Rico. He was the son of the late Erasmo Olazagasti and Monsita Ortiz. He was preceded in death by his brother, Raul Rodriguez.

Corporal Olazagasti served honorably in the United States Army, 27th Infantry Division, Korea. He received many awards and citations including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was a member of the Delaware Saengerbund, was a past commander of Joseph B. Stahl Post, American Legion, from 1959 to 1960, and retired from the DuPont Company after 38 years of service at the age of 58.

Soccer (futbol) was an integral part of Miltons life. He watched it, played it, coached it (at Brandywine College), instructed it, officiated it, coached it some more (Goldey-Beacom College), and ultimately assessed referees of the game on a national level. His most memorable call was on Pele when he called him offside in a professional game.

His hobbies included traveling, dancing, being a tour guide, cutting down trees, and writing. He authored Invisible Scars which chronicled his experiences in the Korean War.

Mr. Olazagasti is survived by his loving wife of 14 years, Karin, of Woolford, MD; his faithful dog, Abby; daughter, Lainie Foxwell and her husband Art of Bear, DE; daughter, Victoria Jacobson and her husband Mark of Corvallis, OR; son, Mark Olazagasti and his significant other Katie Leopardi of Bear, DE; stepchildren Dirk Niese and his wife Sandy of Leesburg, VA, and Birte Bueno and her husband Arial of Frederick, MD; grandchildren, Rob Stewart, Erica Austin, Andrea and Alex Olazagasti, Jamie Foxwell, Katie Sims, and Bryce, Elena, and Maya Bueno; and great grandchild, Aaron Austin.

The family extends special thanks to all of the staff at Dorchester General Hospital and University of MD Medical Center.

Visitation will be held from 7 pm to 9 pm on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. A memorial service will be held at 12:30 pm on Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Milton R. Olazagasti Scholarship Fund, c/o Goldey-Beacom College, 4701 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808.

To sign guest book, visit SPICER-MULLIKIN FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORY 302-328-2213

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