LEON A. OLSON Passed away June 6, 2002. Age 89. A New Year's Day baby who thought he would have a chance to live be 100. Living at Lake Park Retirement Residence in Oakland for the last 12 years of his life, Leon logged over 20,0000 miles in this daily walks around Lake Merritt. Incredibly fit, it was a surprise that his life suddenly ended with a heart attack. He was born and raised in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, the son of Swedish immigrants. He was the second of five children. When Leon moved to California in 1940, he gloried in a land without bitterly cold winters. In 1946, after serving honorably in the Army Air Forces during WWII, he married Agnes Carlson, the postmistress if their hometown, Grandview, WI.. He and Aggie bought a new house in the Sunset district of San Francisco, a block from the ocean beach, where Leon walked and gathered driftwood for his fireplace. He worked for the Bank of America and the San Francisco Credit Union, retiring in 1975 to take longer annual trips to visit family in the Midwest. Aggie died in 1983. Leon was known for his ready smile, friendly greeting, regular habits, fastidious dress, sharp memory, and love for walking. He is survived by his sisters, Eva Wright of San diego; his sister, Madeline wiebmer of Fairfield Bay, Arkansas; and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Wenesday, June 12, 10 a.m. at first Presbyterian Church, Broadway and 27th Street, in Oakland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lake Park Retirement Residence Expansion fund, 1850 alice Street, Oakland, or to First Presbyterian Church, Oakland. CHAPEL OF THE CHIMES OAKLAND "SERVICE OF MARKED DISTINCTION" 510-654-0123
Published in ANG Newspapers on Jun. 10, 2002.