George Michael Olsen

June 7, 1953May 27, 2019

George was born June 7, 1953 in Boise, Idaho to Albert and Viola Olsen. He was the oldest of their new family of five. He grew up in New Plymouth, ID attending the first Baptist Church and the New Plymouth Schools graduating from the Class of 1972.

George attended Bible College in Grand Junction, CO for a short while before coming back to Idaho. He worked for Amalgamated Sugar Factory in Nyssa, OR. Then he started a small print shop in Payette, ID. He learned typesetting the old fashioned way, one letter at a time. His patient demeanor would prove helpful as he transitioned to the Argus Observer Newspaper in Ontario, OR. He kept various temperamental machines running smoothly, allowing the newspaper to be delivered on time over the years. He retired in 2017 with 37 years under his belt form the Argus Observer.

George married the love of his life, Carol Leann Zuercher, on January 30, 1988. He adopted Carol’s daughter, Shelley and loved her as his own. Later born to this union was another daughter Michelle Leigh in1990.

George, or “Mike” to his family had a distinct laugh and quiet personality that will be greatly missed. He enjoyed helping friends and family and loved them dearly.

George loved his various dogs and cats over the years as family. His sweet dog Peanut is now missing him dearly. Peanut is still hogging your pillow George! George loved the Seattle Seahawks, especially when they would make the playoffs. He always fit in time to watch Nascar with his daughter Michelle.

He is survived by his daughter’s Shelley (Frank) Horton of Baker, OR and Michelle Olsen of Payette, ID; (Michelle’s fiance Daniel Carter of Ontario, OR); brothers, John Olsen of Caldwell, ID and Donald Olsen, of New Plymouth, ID; sister Anita Olsen Keeler of Nampa, ID; granddaughter Aimee Bundy of Baker, OR; six half-brothers and half-sisters and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

George is preceded in death by his wife Carol Olsen, his parents Albert and Viola Olsen, his sister, Diana Martin, his grandparents Beatrice and George Hoyt, and Albert and Prudence Olsen.


  • Shelley Horton, Daughter
  • Frank Horton, Son-in-law
  • Michelle Olsen, Daughter
  • Daniel Carter, Fiance'
  • John Olsen, Brother
  • Donald Olsen, Brother
  • Anita Olsen Keller, Sister
  • Aimee Bundy, Granddaughter
  • Carol Olsen, Spouse
  • Albert Olsen, Father
  • Viola Olsen, Mother
  • Diana Martin, Sister
  • George Hoyt, Grandfather
  • Beatrice Hoyt, Grandmother
  • Albert Olsen, Grandfather
  • Prudence Olsen, Grandmother
  • Six half-brothers and sisters, many nieces, nephews and cousins.


  • Visitation Monday, June 3, 2019


George Michael Olsen

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Judith West

June 5, 2019

George was a great help to me during all the years we worked together at the AO. I remember one time he saved my favorite earring from the bathroom sink drain! George was very versatile in skills and abilities. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and send my deepest sympathies to his family.

Wade and Kelli Cordes

June 3, 2019

Wade and I were very saddened to hear the news of George's passing. We all spent many years together at the Argus Observer. He was a great man and will be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you during this difficult time.
Wade and Kelli Cordes