Olson, Kenneth
69 of Windham NH, passed away Thursday, peacefully at his home, surrounded by loving family and friends following a battle with brain cancer. Ken was the son of the late Averill and Carl Olson and grew up in Reading, MA. Ken has been described as being perfectly at home both in the Air and on the Sea, as he was a career pilot and a lifelong sailor. He served in the United States Air Force and is a proud Veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked as an airline pilot for Eastern Airlines then United Airlines until his retirement in 2003. Ken was a loving and deeply caring and loyal husband, father, grandfather, cousin, uncle, and friend. He truly treasured his family and life long friends. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years Kathleen, their daughter Kristin and husband Ron, son David, and wife Teresita and son Peter and partner Jessica; grandchildren, Julia, Stephen, Jack and Joshua; brother Charlie of Sturbridge, MA; sister in law Jill Olson; brother and sister in law John and Pamela Meehan of Naples, FL; cousins Tonda of Cape Elizabeth, ME, Priscilla Wilson of Sterling, MA and Jack Jackson of Piedmont, SC and by several nieces and nephews, many grand nieces and grand nephews. Visiting hours are 4-8pm Tuesday, January 22nd at Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem, NH. The funeral service is Wednesday, January 23rd at 11:00 am at The Searles School in Windham, NH. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Ken's name to: The Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or The Lazarus House, PO Box 408, Lawrence, MA 01842 To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at


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Published in The Boston Globe on Jan. 20, 2013