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Norman Olsen

Oct. 22, 1924

Dec. 2, 2013

On December second, Norman Olsen died peacefully in his sleep at his home with loved ones nearby. Norm was a Reno man through and through, attending Mount Rose Elementary, Billinghurst Jr. High, Reno High, and the University of Nevada, where he was an ATO.

Norman served three years in the Marine Corps during World War II. After returning from the service, he married his high school sweetheart, Marjorie Menu. Their marriage lasted sixty-five years and produced four children, ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Norm enjoyed his community. He was an avid skier most of his life, and a key figure in the Reno Junior Ski Program for more than 20 years. He directed the program for 14 years and introduced thousands of youngsters to skiing. He was also a director of the Reno Little League and foreman of the Washoe County Grand Jury for 2 ½ years.

His devotion to the First Baptist Church of Reno was shown in many ways. He served on the Board of Deacons, taught Sunday School, and cooked many Thanksgiving dinners for 200.

Norm was President of the Rotary Club of Reno in 1965-66, and served as District Governor in 1981-82. He developed the District Rotary Academy to train future leaders.

During his career as a businessman, he was active in the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce. He owned several businesses: the Reno Builder's Exchange, Sierra Meat Company, and the Potlatch gift shop in Incline Village.

He was cherished by his family. For his 80th birthday, they presented him with a poster titled, "Eighty Wonderful Things About Norman," covered with quotes from family and friends singing his praises. Norm is survived by his wife Margie, son Mark (Debbi), daughter Gay (Richard) Brown, son Stephen (Melissa), and son Daniel (Eric Mueller), grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

Services will be held at the First Baptist (The Bridge) Church on Foster Drive on Wednesday, December 11, at 1:00 with a reception following at the Grove on Foothill Road.

In lieu of flowers, you are invited to send a memorial to a .

Online condolences may be left in the Book of Memories at the website


Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Dec. 5 to Dec. 8, 2013
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