Burton D. Olshan

December 2, 1928March 4, 2013

Burton Donald Olshan passed away Monday March 4th from complications associated with heart and kidney disease. Younger son of Sally and Lawrence Olshan, Burt grew up and lived in Birmingham attending Ramsay High School and the University of Alabama. He had a long loving marriage to Kathleen Walberg of Columbia, SC, who passed away five years ago. Burt was a Korean War veteran, real estate entrepreneur, pilot, birder and avid traveler. He had a real passion for life, was much loved, and will be sorely missed by his survivors: Brother-Melvin Olshan, Children- Erin Boyer, Allison Burke, and Jordan Olshan, Grandchildren- Colin and Selena Boyer, Madison and Shelby Burke, and Kelly Olshan. A graveside service will be held at 1 o’clock at Elmwood Cemetery on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the National Diabetes Foundation.


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Burton D. Olshan

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Cindy Woods

March 8, 2013

Allison & Erin, I will always smile when I think of Burt. He was a man comfortable with every generation. Dry of wit, large in a room. He will be missed by so many.

Cindy Woods

March 8, 2013

Allison & Erin, I will always smile when I think of Burt. He was a man that was comfortable with every generation. So dry of wit, so large in a room. He will be missed by so many.

Karen Crepps

March 6, 2013

My dear friend Allison, My heart is with you and the girls. Love you so much.

Charles Martin

March 6, 2013

Burt and I had a successful and wonderful 46 year business relationship and friendship. Aside from my parents, Burt influenced me more than anyone in my life. He will be truly missed.

Judi Cunniff

March 6, 2013

One of the greatest things I know about Burt as that he lived...and died...on his own terms. What a guy!
I will always hold a huge spot in my heart for Burt and dear Kathleen because they treated me like their own. Two wonderful people, two gracious souls, missed by many. Wishing Erin, Allison, and Jordan much peace and comfort.

James Maddox

March 6, 2013

Jordan and family,
Bert is alright now and as always,he did it his way.
Jim Maddox

Judy Beasley

March 5, 2013

Dear allison and Erin,
I,m going to miss your Dad so much especially his stories and his great enthusiasm for life. I,m sure that Burt left nothing on his bucket list hope I can do the same. Kathy and I had a wonder bread and bologna sandwich in his remberence.
Love and very fond memories,

Tim Kelley

March 5, 2013

Dear Erin,
To you and your family, I send my condolances. I enjoyed spending time with Burt and your Mom back in 1993-94 at International Expeditions and the Pensacola Holiday Inn in Florida. I will always remember him with great fondness. God Bless Mr. Olshan.

Sam Lochamy

March 5, 2013

Burt taught me a lot. When I listened to his advice I made money and when I did not I lost money. Thanks for sharing your life lessons. You will be missed.

david staff

March 5, 2013

he fought a tough battel and finally gave up and he will be missed.