Olsen, Wesley A.
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Wesley A. Olsen, age 91, of Sheboygan, passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at his home. He was born in Sheboygan on July 28, 1922, the son of the late Fred and Emma Kruschke Olsen.
He attended local schools in Sheboygan, graduating from Sheboygan Central High School in 1940. Wes then worked in the office at Armour Leather, accounting department until September of 1942, when he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving his country during World War II for three and a half years in the South Pacific.
On September 7, 1946, he was united in marriage to Rita Klein at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church. In 1948 he began employment at the Sheboygan Post Office as a postal clerk, serving as President of the Postal Clerks Union. Wes was a member of the Sheboygan Elks #299, Hi Ho Club, a life time member of VFW Post #9156, NARFE, St. Peter Claver Aid Society and New Life Choir. He also was a previous treasurer and currently on the Holy Cross Cemetery Committee. Wes was an active member of St. Peter Claver Parish, of which he served for some time as Executive Secretary after his retirement from the Post Office.
He was an avid Milwaukee Brewers fan, attending as many games possible and going to Arizona for their spring training. In his earlier years Wes played lots of baseball, both hardball at the age of 16 as a catcher on the Kohler semi pro team and other local hardball teams. Wes also played softball for many years on several Sheboygan teams. He enjoyed playing cards, especially Sheepshead and with the Cribbage Club.
Survivors include his wife of sixty-seven years, Rita; three children, Michael (Jan) Olsen, of Fridley, MN, Barbara (Dennis) Bastil, Mary Messner, all of Sheboygan; ten grandchildren, Gary Olsen, of Fridley, MN, Julie (Jon) Buchholz, of Edgerton, John (Natalie) Olsen, of LaCrosse, Denise (Al) Rick, of Sheboygan, Lisa (Paul) Wagner, of Plymouth, Brian (Samantha) Bastil, of Sheboygan, Matthew (Amy) Antes, of Sheboygan, Josh (Angie) Antes, of Greenfield, Kristen Besaw and Katie Messner, both of Sheboygan; nine great-grandchildren, Wesley, Nolan, Gretta , Emmitt, Madeline, William, Selena, Adante and Lucas. Wesley is further survived by many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his son Joseph, his parents, father and mother-in-law, sisters and brothers-in-law.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church with Rev. Paul Fliss, officiating and Deacon Michael Burch, assisting. Family and friends may call at the church, 1444 S. 11th St. on Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11:30 a.m. Burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Wesley's name. Online condolences may be expressed at www.reinboldfh.com
Reinbold Novak Funeral Home
1535 South 12th Street
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Published in Sheboygan Press from Nov. 8 to Nov. 10, 2013