THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Kenneth Einar Olsen
Issue Date: August 6, 2014
Kenneth Einar Olsen, 92, passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 4 at the Luther Home in Marinette.
Born Oct. 10, 1921 in St. Paul, Minn., to Einar and Nettie (Johnston) Olsen, he attended Pine Ridge School and graduated from Escanaba High School in the Veterans Graduation Ceremony on May 1, 2004.
At age 19, he enlisted in the Michigan National Guard, Company A, 107th Engineers, 32nd Infantry Red Arrow Division and was in Active Service for the Army from Oct. 15, 1940 until honorably discharged 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.
He married Elaine Olive Erickson on Dec. 2, 1946 at St. Patricks Church in Escanaba and she preceded him in death on Oct. 31, 2009.
He was employed with Chicago and Northwestern Transportation Co. for 33 years as a welder and car repairman, retiring Dec. 2, 1983. He also served many years as President of his Local Union 613 B.R.C. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved animals, especially his dogs and was a loyal Packer fan, baseball player and referee. A member of AmVets, the Michigan Democratic Party, St. Joseph and St. Patricks Parish, he was a lifetime member of the Red Arrow Division of the Michigan and Wisconsin National Guard.
He is survived by a daughter, Laurie (Bart) Stupak, of Menominee and grandson, Ken (Cristina Yamakawa) Stupak, of Los Angeles, Ca.
In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Bart (B.J.) Stupak, Jr.; a brother, Orville Olsen; a sister, Phyllis (Moses) Carlson and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be on Friday, Aug. 8 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba, with military rites at 4:45 p.m. conducted by The Delta County Veterans Council. A funeral service will follow at 5 p.m., with Rev. Eric Olsen officiating and entombment in the Gardens of Rest Mausoleum. In lieu of memorials, the family requests an act of kindness be performed in his memory.