Edward Olson

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Edward Walter Olson

1930-2014 Edward Walter Olson, 84, passed away on July 17, 2014, at Fort Sanders Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn. He was born to the late Enar and Jeannette Truelson Olson, April 1, 1930 in Flushing, N.Y. Ed grew up in Great Neck, N.Y., where he attended Great Neck Senior High School. For many years he served as a volunteer fireman in Great Neck and competed at the annual Fireman's Muster where they won the state championship. He was also a member of the Elks, Eagles and Moose Clubs. He learned to be a master upholsterer and made this his life's work for over 60 years. An entrepreneur who never officially retired, he was an avid artist, painter, wood worker and craftsman who gave freely to others and was an inspirational leader in his community. He is survived by his wife, Susan Wheeler Olson of Sneedville, Tenn.; sons, Michael Olson, Steven Olson and Peter Olson; daughters, Kris Derosia, Wendy Monmaney and Jan Olson; sisters, Ruth Hoey, Fran Bogden and Linda Schenck; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one great great-grandchild, and many extended family members. Preceded in death by his first wife of 53 years, Joyce Franceschi Olson who passed away in 2002. Ed was a kind, spirited, country man, who loved his family and friends. His passion for the Wild West was kept alive as he amazed us all with his fast-draw crack shot talent, whether he was using guns or just bow and arrows. Seldom was he seen without sporting a cowboy hat and boots. Eddie's love of all animals was evident through his passion as a farmer, a Malamute breeder and the local Overhome Animal Rescue volunteer. He never met a stranger. He will be missed and remain in our hearts forever. Please join us at a "Celebration of Life" potluck at the Elks Lodge at 75 Putney Road, Brattleboro, Vt. on August 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. Online condolences can be made at: http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/edwardwalterolson/homepage.aspx
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Aug. 2, 2014
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