Friday, May 15, 2009

Olaf "Ole" B. Olson Sr.: Pegged out

From the Chetek Alert:

"Olaf "Ole" B. Olson Sr., 91, Arleta, Calif., died Wednesday, April 22, 2009.
He was born Jan. 26, 1918, in Dovre to George and Ingeborg (Thue) Olson and was raised on a dairy farm. He went to Dovre school through eighth grade and then worked on the farm. He enlisted in the Air Force after Pearl Harbor. While on a three-day pass in March 1943, he married Vera Carlson, who was living in Chicago, Ill. A few weeks later, he went to Africa and soon was injured and spent six months in the hospital from which he was discharged due to his injuries. He moved back to work on the farm, but because of his bad foot, he had to look for other work. The GI bill provided training at Chippewa Falls Vocational School as an auto mechanic and training with Henneman Garage. He built his home in Chippewa Falls. Because of asthma, he moved to California. He had two sons while living in Chippewa Falls, Olaf Jr. and David. They moved to Pacoima, Calif., in 1951, where Ellen was later born. Ole worked as an auto mechanic for Harry C. Dow Hudson and later teamed up with Chuck Burnside to form Chuck-n-Ole's Automotive in 1959, where he worked until his retirement 30 years later.

Ole was an avid bowler, cribbage player and was active with Calvary Lutheran Church and Sons of Norway Norrona Lodge in Van Nuys, Calif. Anyone who knew him loved him for his warm personality and sense of humor. He continued to stay in touch with many people whom he knew from his home area and enjoyed his trips back to Wisconsin to visit family and friends.

He is survived by his sister, Valborg (Lou) Shipley, of Dallas; a sister-in-law, Fern Olson, of Chippewa Falls; two sons, Olaf (Charlotte) Olson Jr., of Reseda, Calif., and David Olson, of Sylmar, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Dawnise (Sean) Keller, Deonna (Mario) Armijo, Bryan Olson, Derrick Olson, Nicole Anderhalden, Christine Anderhalden, Danielle Anderhalden and Devin Anderhalden; four great-grandchildren, Stewart-Glenn Keller, MacKenzie Keller, Paige Armijo and Parker Armijo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife after 55 years of marriage; a brother, Trygve Olson; a sister, Solveig Stark; a daughter, Ellen Anderhalden; and a great-grandson, Matthew Keller.

He was buried at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall, Calif., April 29.
Memorials can be sent to Dovre Lutheran Church in his name.

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