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John Mathew Olsen

9 novembre 192624 mars 2021
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John Mathew Olsen, age 94, of Houston, Texas passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. John was born November 9, 1926 to Mathew and Antoinette Olsen in Sabine, Texas. John had lived in Houston among family, friends and caring neighbors since 1956. He was preceded in death by Dorothy Olsen, his wife of 62 years and his daughter Karen Davis. He is survived by his son Dana and his wife Becky of Sugar Land as well as grandchildren Cody Davis and his wife Kelly, Jessica Cano and her husband Juan, Kevin Olsen and his wife Chrystal, Kyle Olsen and his wife Thu, great grandchildren Aubrey, Presley, Hayes, Hadley, Claire and Logan and other loving relatives. Visitation will be held from 5pm to 8pm on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be at 11am Thursday, April 8, 2021 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church at 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston, TX 77024. The family request that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Knights of Columbus and St. Cecilia Catholic Church.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialoaksfunerals.com for the Olsen family

Services

  • Visitation

    mercredi, 7 avril , 2021

  • Rosary Service

    mercredi, 7 avril , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    jeudi, 8 avril , 2021

  • Committal Service

    jeudi, 8 avril , 2021

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Greg Svitek

5 avril , 2021

Johny was a great man. I enjoyed working with him at the Knights of Columbus fish fry. My thoughts and prayers for the family. RIP Johny.

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Biographie

John Mathew Olsen was born in Sabine, Texas in 1926. His parents were Mathew and Antoinette Olsen. Known as Johny to his friends and family he was raised in Port Aransas, Texas and later in Beaumont, Texas. Johny possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, John was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

Johny was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. John was raised with two siblings. He had an older brother Albert and one younger brother Charles. John was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a, “take charge, but be fair” attitude. He was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, John was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded individual, John was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in life. His curious nature was spurred by his ability to maximize his personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. He was good with facts and had an excellent memory. In high school, John was a member of the band where he played saxophone. He graduated from South Park High School in Beaumont, Texas in 1942.

Johny was an Army veteran. He started off his army career in the Army Air Corps and after basic training was enrolled in Officers Training School at the University of Arkansas. After a while he decided that he wasn’t getting to the war fast enough and, when given the opportunity, transferred to the infantry. While in the infantry he served in the Pacific in the Philippines during World War 2 and in Japan after the war. He attained the rank of Corporal, Technician Grade 4. He showed leadership qualities and could make tough decisions when he was called upon to do so.

After being discharged from the army John married Dorothy Penkert in 1947. Dorothy was known as “Dot” to her friends and family. Dot and Johny had a long and loving marriage. Even though Dot had passed away ten years before, John was in love with Dot until the day he died.

Johny was a pipefitter during the years after the war. He moved his family to Houston in 1956 to start a new career as a drafting trainee. Johny had a great career and through a series of promotions climbed to be position of Vice President of Engineering for a large engineering and construction contractor.

Johny and Dot were blessed with two children, one daughter Karen Davis and one son Dana Olsen. Very much like a kid himself, John identified with his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and guidance towards helping his children acquire common sense skills. They were also blessed with four grandchildren Cody, Jessica, Kevin and Kyle and six great grandchildren Aubrey, Presley, Hayes, Hadley, Claire and Logan. He enjoyed seeing them all whenever he had the chance.

Johny enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He enjoyed spending time at the Bacon Ranch in Rocksprings, Texas and in his later years at the property near Franklin, Texas he co-owned with his son Dana and Dana’s wife Becky. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes, but particularly into oil painting during two different periods in his life. John also loved to play golf and continued to play until just months before his passing. John was a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were golf, baseball and football. He attended countless baseball and football games for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren along with band performances, cheer competitions and dance recitals and anything else the kids were doing. He also enjoyed watching westerns on TV and westerns were also his books of choice.

John held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to him. He was a member of St Cecilia Catholic Church. Throughout his later years, John was an active member of the Knights of Columbus.

Travel and vacations were experiences that John truly enjoyed. He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. John had traveled extensively during his lifetime. This included the Pacific islands of the Philippines and Japan during WW2 and to many states, Europe, Australia and New Zealand later in life with Dot.

When John’s retirement finally came in 1992, he was well prepared. In retirement, he found pleasure in travel, square dancing, playing golf and participation in Knight of Columbus activities. He used to say “Now that I’m retired, I don’t have time to have a job”.

John enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember John Mathew Olsen.