Longtime Juneau resident Oscar P. Olsen died August 24 at the Pioneers Home in Juneau. He was 92.
Oscar was born in Seattle, Wash. on November 18, 1921, to Peter and Leda Olsen. His family moved to Ketchikan when he was a child. He grew up in Ketchikan and was the oldest of three boys. He had to leave school after the sixth grade to help support his family. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II on a ship patrolling the Aleutian and Pribilof islands.
While in the Coast Guard he met and married Emma Hopkins in Juneau where the couple raised their family. He owned and operated Tebenkof Bay Logging Camp. He also had a long career with Local 302 Operating Engineers and received a 45-year pin. He worked on construction of the original Douglas Bridge.
He was adopted as an Eagle into the Killer Whale clan. His adopted name was Kaa Saank.
He served as treasurer for Camp No. 2 of the Alaska Native Brotherhood for many years. The Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp #2 presented Oscar the "Big Hunk Award" at a ceremony held at the Pioneer's Home on May 5. He was always there to help the Sisterhood carry groceries, make coffee and prepare for their events.
His was an avid outdoorsman. He took his sons to Tenakee Springs and throughout Southeast Alaska for many years to hunt and fish. He was known for his knowledge and experience, which he freely shared with others. He was a skilled subsistence hunter and gatherer and was a great provider.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma, son Eric Olsen, stepson Fred Hopkins and brother Norman Olsen. He is survived by sons Erling Olsen (Sharon), and Ole Olsen (Pat). He is also survived by his brother Leonard Olsen (Josie) of Wrangell. He is also survived by grandchildren Aundra Murdoch (Jason), Alexis Hills (Andrew), Leda Olsen, Erica Olsen, Olivia Olsen; Sally Kasnick (Tion), Freddy Hopkins, and Colleen Olsen, all of Juneau, and Ole Olsen, Jr. (Kim) of Seattle. He is also survived by nieces and nephews Olivia Davis, Peter Olsen, Linda Kinerk, and Robert Olsen all of Seattle, Wash. and Andrea Ebona-Michael and Andy Ebona of Juneau. Great-grandchildren, Kiersten Farnsworth; Douglas Farnsworth from Juneau.
A memorial service will be held Friday August 29 at 1:00 PM at Alaska Memorial Park at 3839 Riverside Drive, followed by a Coast Guard tribute and ANB service at 3:00 PM at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall 320 West Willoughby Avenue.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Aug. 27, 2014