Ernest Vincent Olsen

August 9, 1933April 24, 2019

Ernest Vincent Olsen, 85, of Troutman, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Born on August 9, 1933 in New York, he was the son of the late Olaf and Evelyn Olsen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Bruce Olsen.

Ernest worked as a structural engineer for Arnold Steel in New Jersey for over 35 years. He honorably served his country in the United States Army and fought in the Korean War. In his free time, he enjoyed playing bridge and golf. He also loved reading, especially reading the Bible, and was a fan of politics.

Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife of 21 years, Tina A. Olsen; daughter, Debbie (James) Nolan, Susan (Scott) McVey, and Lori (Tom) Hudson; step-daughter, Lisa Melchione; step-son, Anthony (Brandi) Porcelli; sister-in-law, Jan Olsen, and twelve grandchildren, all who will miss him dearly.

A celebration of life service will be held in the chapel of Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Ervel Jones officiating. Full military honors will be presented. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28625.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Ernest Olsen.


  • Gordon Hospice House


  • Celebration of Life Monday, April 29, 2019


Ernest Vincent Olsen

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Nancy Stanch

April 29, 2019

Ernie was a very big part of my learning experience when I 1st started at Arnold Steel 33 years ago. He was always very professional, patient and helpful. I am sure he will be missed by all his family.... as he was certainly missed when he retired from Arnold Steel several years ago. All my love to Tina and his family.

Frank Weaver

April 29, 2019

Ernie, my mentor, my golf instructor, my wallyball partner, my friend. You made such an impact on my life that you will never know. You had the patience, knowledge and willingness to mold a little print boy into what I have become, and for that I will be forever grateful. Your personality extended well beyond the work place by always asking about my wife and then later my children. You will be missed. I extend mine and my family’s sympathy to Tina, twenty years ago you found the love of your life, cherish those memories, celebrate his life, you are in our thoughts.

Vincent DiGioiq

April 28, 2019

Ernie took me under his wing when I started at Arnold Steel Co. I was lucky enough work along side him, learning the ropes of steel construction, for about 25 years. In that time, I never saw him lose his cool, despite the daily challenges of the construction environment. Even on bad days, Ernie had the patience and compassion to talk me through some of my tough times of raising a family, frequency asking about my young kids. A lot of how I conduct myself at work and at home, I owe to Ernie. I respected his work ethic, his attention to detail (I wonder how he would take to CAD detailing?), and dry humor.
As mild-mannered as he was in the office, he was fiercely competitive on a playing field. Although 20 years my elder, Ernie could whoop me at racquetball or 'wallyball', while hardly breaking a sweat. Afterwards, he had the ability of making you feel good, even after kicking your butt.
Right now I imagine Ernie on a sailboat, with a strong cup of coffee in one hand, a stiff drink in the other, fishing lines in the water, golf clubs in the hull, sailing to his next foursome. Knock their socks off Ernie. Farewell my friend.
Tina, so sorry.

Niranjan Pandiri

April 28, 2019

I can’t forget Ernest Olsen in my life. He possesses such a great personality. He was my mentor. I learnt a lot from him in my life. The time I spent with him was unforgettable. He will remain in our hearts forever.

Cynthia Capaccio

April 27, 2019

Dear Debbie, Lori, & Susan,
Your Dad was a wise man who LOVED “his girls” more than anything in life.
I am sorry for your loss and you are in my thoughts at this time.

Felix Pflaster

April 27, 2019

I am very sad to here that my dear friend and colleague Ernest Olsen has passed. Ernie was a very valued and dedicated employee of Arnold Steel Company. He was very responsible, knowledgeable, dependable, and trustworthy. He was a great asset and a real team player responsible for all facets from engineering and sales to fabrication, expediting and problem solving. I will be forever grateful and thankful for his dedication to the company and his friendship. Sending my deepest sympathies to his entire family. Love Felix Pflaster (former president of Arnold Steel Co.)

Jason Watkins

April 27, 2019

What a great man. Helped me so much when I started out at Arnold Steel almost 23 years ago. I'll never forget the day after my wedding when you and Tina spotted Tara and I having breakfast and made sure to take care of our check for us. It was a very pleasant surprise. Thanks for being a great man and you will be missed!

Andrea (Abbott) Kouros

April 27, 2019

Lori, Susan, and Debbie~
You were all such a big and wonderful part of my childhood and I have many fond memories of those early days with your family. My fondest memory of your dad was getting donuts (I don’t remember where but they were the best!) and he used to let us pick out whatever ones we wanted. At the time, it was like winning the lottery and now, whenever I see a donut, I think of your dad and all of you!
Busafont, Velvecomins, and to all those Norwegian words you all taught me...I’ll try to remember in his memory...
Lots of love and prayers to you and your family, Andrea and family

Debbie & Shane Custer

April 26, 2019

Such a wonderful neighbor to have! We will greatly miss seeing his smiling face sitting on his front porch, and talking all things "Jersey"! As always Tina, we are just a call away (wrong "Debbie" or not!) XOXO Debbie, Shane, and Sidney

Susanne Aanonsen Russell

April 25, 2019

Dear Debbie, Lori, Susie ,
I am so very sorry for the loss of your dad! I was shocked to see it. I have such beautiful memories of Uncle Ernie and all of you on our visits to Toms River when we were all young. You were all more than friends to us you were all family to us. The Aanonsen Olsen bond will always be a strong one! No matter how far apart in miles or years. Your dad was a gentle, caring, fun Christian man. He always made me feel loved and safe. I am so happy to know he has joined my parents and your grandparents to be with the Lord in heaven. Its all that matters. Love you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers! Come see me in TN anytime! Y’all are welcome! Its more than time for an Aanonsen Olsen reunion! Love to Aunt Else xxoo rejoice! Love, Susanne