Just after this year's Bianchi Cup competition, we unexpectedly lost Olin “Olie” Barjenbruch, a dear friend and dedicated volunteer. It was two days after his 64th birthday.
A veteran of the Vietnam War, Olie split his time between managing the Barjenbruch family farm and working in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's and University of Missouri's Archaeology Departments.
"He was a good man and a dedicated volunteer," said NRA National Pistol Manager Tom Hughes. "His 30 years of service to the NRA won't soon be forgotten."
Born in Norfolk, Nebraska, Olie was known for his love of history, archaeology, and gun collecting. He was an active member of the NRA and a dedicated volunteer as a long-time member of the NRA Bianchi Cup Protest Committee. On Saturday night at the awards ceremony, Olie was posthumously honored with his 30 year service award (pictured at right) and a moment of silence.
Services were held Thursday at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville with full military honors. Many were blessed to have known Olie, and many will miss him, especially those who were part of his Bianchi Cup family. His generosity, loyalty and hard work will always be remembered by our staff, volunteers, and competitors.