Services for Dennis H. Olson of Nevada City will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the Grass Valley Veterans Building, 255 S. Auburn St.
Mr. Olson died Saturday, Feb. 21. He was 80.
He was born April 26, 1923, in Sharon, N.D., to Ellen and Edwin N. Olson. He graduated from Minot High School in Minot, N.D., in 1942. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps in March 1943 and served with the 2nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery. At various times, he was attached to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Marine Divisions at Samona, Tarawa, Kauai, Guam and Okinawa.
After his discharge in 1946, he attended the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1949 with a degree in business administration. After graduating he returned to Minot, where he worked for his father’s electrical business and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He married Marie Stoumbis and they moved to Los Angeles in September 1949. In 1950, the 452nd Air Force Reserve Wing was activated, and he served during the Korean action. He was medically discharged in 1951.
He worked for several years in the real estate business. He also worked for the Weiser Lock Company in 1952, retiring in 1986. He progressed from field man, to territory manager, to regional manager. The last 12 years he was district manager, responsible for sales in the Midwest and later the Western states and Alaska. He moved to Nevada City in 1986. He was a member of the Frank Gallino Post No. 130 American Legion, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Military Order of Devil Dogs. He was a charter member and commandant of the Marine Corps League, The Gold Country Detachment No. 885. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association and Pioneer Arts. He enjoyed watercolor painting, short-story writing and dabbling with his computer. He was a frequent contributor to The Union’s Editorial Page and Terse Verse.
He is survived by his wife, Marie of Nevada City; daughter and son-in-law, Victoria and Christopher Cross of San Jose; brother, Robert Olson of Santa Clara; and grandchildren Dennis Olson and Jessica and Timothy Mann. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Dennis; daughter, Carol; and brother, Elwin Olson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Marine Corps League.
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary.
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