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Grant Wilbur Olson

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WILLIAMSBURG - Grant Wilbur Olson, age 92, passed away August 7, 2014. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and met the love of his life, his wife Norma, at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. They recently celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. Grant was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and a mentor and friend to many. He was committed to the cause of democracy and equality in both his personal and professional lives. He began his career in intelligence as a code breaker in India during World War II. He continued his career after the war during which he and Norma and their four children spent many years representing the United States at embassies around Scandinavia and the Continent. Upon retirement as a career diplomat in 1982, they moved to Williamsburg where they have enjoyed a rich cultural life. He is survived by his wife, Norma, daughters Lane, BJ (Kurt), Lise and son Kip (Robyn), 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 1:00pm, Wednesday, August 13, at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Williamsburg Landing Benevolence Fund, 5700 Williamsburg Landing, Williamsburg, VA, 23185 or directed to the mentorship program at Rawls Byrd Public School, 112 Laurel Lane, Williamsburg, VA,23185. Online condolences maybe shared with the family at www.bucktroutfuneralhome.net
Published in Virginia Gazette on Aug. 9, 2014
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