Ole K. Olson
Ole Konrad Olson was born October 30th, 1910 in Kadoka, SD, and died January 5, 2009, of a heart attack at his home in Grants Pass, OR.
Services were held Monday, January 12, 2009, at Hull & Hull Chapel with Jeff Prosise, longtime family minister,officiating.
Committal services follwed at Hawthorne Memorial Gardens, Grants Pass, OR. A celbration of his life was held at Riviera Mobile Home Park Recreation Hall follwed by a meal prepared by his friends and neighbors living in the Park.
The family requests memorials to Dogs for the Deaf, 10175 Wheeler Road, Central Point, OR instead of flowers. This was a favorite organization of Ole partly due to the hearing loss he and others in his family had to deal with, and partly because it rescues and trains dogs to be useful companions for people.
Ole was born to parents Henry and Mary (Haga) Olson. He was one of eight children and three survive him. As a young man, he came to Portland, OR to attend L. Adcok trade school to learn diesel mechanics. In 1939 he teturned to SD to bring his mother and his future wife west. June 24, 1939 hemarried Mary Lucille Seidler, Nowlin, SD and they lived in a logging camp in Tionesta, CA until they moved to Grants Pass in 1940. He worked in logging and timber most of his life, working with Loyd Basey, the Hassett Brothers, and Bates Plywood in Merlin until he retired in Grants Pass. His wife, Mary, died in 1977. Ole married Anna Base in 1978 and they moved to Fallon, NV, and spent their time traveling and enjoying retirement. After Anna's death in 1998, he moved back to Grants to be near family and friends.
Ole was very active with many hobbies, including leatherworking, wood carving, building model wagons, and feeding the birds, rock hounding, gardening, farming and sharing his produce and gifting his friends and relatives with his hand made crafts. Many of his hand woven lawn chairs, carved animals, and leather items, including cartoons have treasured places in homes of friends and family. He loved jokes, including true stories, especially how at age 96, he went to renew his drivers' licence. After successfully completing the eye test with his one good eye, he asked what else he needed to do. The reply: "write us a check for $30.00." When he received the license, he noticed that it was good to the year 2014 when he would be 104 years old!
Survivors include a daughter, Laura Humphrey of Grants Pass; a stepson, Clinton Basey of Silver lake, OR; a stepdaughter, Barbara Harper and her husband, Carl, of Martinez, CA; two sisters, Bertha Smith, Grants Pass, OR, and Margaret Keliher of Long Beach, CA; a brother, Herbert Olsen of Yucca Valley, CA; a grandson, Lance Humphrey and his wife, Kelli, of Grants Pass; two granddaughters, Konni Crawford and her husband, Lester, of Grants Pass and Bonnie Skirvin and her husband, Jack, of Las Vegas, NV; great granddaughters, Kristi Harvey-Simi, Brandi Martin, Las Vegas, NV, and Anja Crawford, Grants Pass; two great grandsons, Earl Crawford and Curtis Humphrey, both of Grants Pass; two great-great grandsons, Bryce Harvey-Simi, Omaha, NE and Saadque Martin, Las Vegas, NV.
Additionally, Ole leaves relatives in the Kadoka and Midland areas; a brother-in-law, Bob (Dorothy) Seidler; and cousins, Connie Seidler, Dave Calhoon, Mary Nemec and Maxine Jones.
He faithfully returned to his South Creek neighborhood on each time he came back to visit family, and looked up and visited any remaining friends in the area as well as the relatives.
Ole's son, Grover Konrad Olson died in Vietnam, early in that war, being the 100th soldier lost.