Kenneth Einar Olsen, 92, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 4, 2014, at the Luther Home in Marinette, Wis. Ken was born on October 10, 1921, in St. Paul, Minn., the son of Einar and Nettie (Johnston) Olsen.
Ken attended Pine Ridge School and graduated from Escanaba Area High School in the Veteran’s Graduation Ceremony on May 1, 2004. At age 19, Ken enlisted in the Michigan National Guard, Company A, 107th Engineers, 32nd Infantry Red Arrow Division. He entered Active Service in the United States Army on October 15, 1940 and courageously served his country until his honorable discharge on May 25, 1945. As platoon sergeant 605, he served during World War II in the Philippine Islands, New Guinea and Papuan Campaigns. He was awarded three Battle Stars, five Overseas Service Bars, Distinguished Unit Badge, Good Conduct Ribbon, American Defense Service Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon and Bronze Star.
Ken married Elaine Olive Erickson on December 2, 1946 at St. Patrick’s Church in Escanaba. She preceded him in death on October 31, 2009. Ken was employed with the Chicago and Northwestern Transportation Co. for 33 years as a welder and car repairman. He also served many years as President of his Local Union 613 B.R.C. He retired on December 2, 1983. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Ken loved all animals, especially his dogs, Smokey Joe, Brandy, and Joe Cocker. He was a loyal Packer fan, baseball player and referee. Ken was a Lifetime Member of the Red Arrow Division of the Michigan and Wisconsin National Guard, a member of AmVets, the Michigan Democratic Party, and St. Joseph and St. Patrick’s Parish.
Ken is survived by his daughter, Laurie (Bart) Stupak of Menominee; and grandson, Ken (Cristina Yamakawa) Stupak of Los Angeles, Calif. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Bart (B.J.) Stupak, Jr.; brother, Orville Olsen; sister, Phyllis (Moses) Carlson; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be on Friday, August 8th from 3 to 5 p.m. (EST) at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. The Delta County Veteran’s Council will conduct military rites at 4:45 p.m. (EST) and the funeral service will follow at 5 p.m. (EST) with Rev. Eric Olsen officiating.
Entombment will be in the Gardens of Rest Mausoleum.
Ken’s family would like to thank Dr. Michael Post and the nurses and staff at the Luther Home for their dedicated and compassionate service, especially during the past few weeks while Ken was receiving Comfort Care.
In lieu of memorials, the Olsen family requests that an act of kindness be performed in Ken’s memory.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Olsen family.