Edsel Jack Bernhof-Olsen

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Edsel Jack Bernhof-Olsen

Edsel Jack Bernhof-Olsen (Jack Olsen, to most of us) passed away on August 10, 2014 after battling liver and lung cancer. Jack was born on February 19, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. He joined the Navy, and from then on, the sea was his life. After the Navy, Jack worked in the tuna fishing fleet off the coast of San Diego, traveling all over the Pacific Ocean in search of tuna. First using rods and reels, Jack became a leader of men on his boats, but pulled the fish up with all of the crew. When tuna fishing embraced the large nets of purse seining, Jack moved on to become Skipper of open ocean tug boats, based in Seattle. He helped move pipes for the Alaskan Pipeline, and towed large barges on both sides of the Pacific. Jack retired in 1988, and he and his wife Evelyn (Evie) moved to Sun City West, Arizona. In 2009, they moved to University Place in West Lafayette, Indiana to be near their son (Kip), daughter-in-law (Cindy) and grandsons (Cooper and Dylan). He also has two other grandchildren, Kory and Kitty. Jack identified strongly with his Norwegian heritage and loved to immerse himself in reading about Norwegian culture and Viking history. A small service will be held at University Place.



Published in the Journal & Courier on Aug. 12, 2014
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