OBITUARY

Orville Hugh Olsson

March 27, 1947October 19, 2011

Togus—Orville “Ollie” Hugh Olsson, 64, died October 19, 2011, at the VA Hospital, Hospice Unit after a very long, extended illness. He was born in Waterville on March 27, 1947 the son of the late Orville “Swede” and Mary “Mamie” (Canavan) Olsson.

Ollie worked for many years as an accountant, and also owned Ollie’s Tavern in Augusta in the 1970’s, Peter’s Little Big Store in the 1980’s, and was a partner with his mother in Mamie Olsson’s Luncheonette, and Olson’s Catering Service. He retired at age 50 due to ill health from Agent Orange. Also at that time, his mother took ill so he cared for her for the next 6 years. He was a devoted son to his Mom and Dad, and grandson to his “Gram” Nina Canavan Patterson.

Ollie graduated from Waterville High School and had a BS in education from Thomas College. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1966-1969. He was a Combat Sgt. in Dong Ha Vietnam in 1968-1969, earning 11 ribbons and 2 meritorious Masts. He was very proud of his service in the Marines and Vietnam.

Ollie served as the lone republican councilman for the City of Waterville in 1985-1986 and was on the zoning board in the 1980’s. Ollie was also a life member of the following organizations: Bourque-Lanigan Post 5, Waterville American Legion, VFW Post 1285-Waterville and 8835-Winslow, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), VFW Cooties, Third Marine Corp Division, 3rd Marine Corps (New England Chapter), Marine Corp League of Kennebec County, and the Waterville Elks 905. He also was a member of the American Legion 40+yrs., Kappa Delta Phi National Fraternity as well as the Parish of the Holy Spirit.

Ollie is survived by his beloved and devoted sister who he loved dearly, Joyce Olsson Pinkham and her husband Lloyd of Brunswick and Venice, FL.; his aunt and uncle Robert “Spanky” and Marilyn Canavan; his 3 nieces, Ginger Goodwin of Sebago, Tammy O’Donnell and husband Doug of Cumberland and Lori Bergeron and husband Mark of Saco; his great nieces and nephews, Katie and husband Craig Twombly, Kerry and husband Greg Caron, Brenda O’Donnell, Olivia and Austin Goodwin, Jacob, Holden & Nathaniel Bergeron.

Ollie also leaves behind good friends, Ron Quirion, Dick Vashon, Gary Clukey, Joseph Bourgoin, Dan Berard, Brenda Bourassa, as well as many other close friends and his love, his dog Angel.

He is happy now; he is with the Lord and the loves of his life, his Mom and Dad, his Gram, and his pets Moocher & Frisky.

His final wish is that he will be listed in the book at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in DC as a casualty of the Vietnam War do to Agent Orange that was not discovered until 1997.

Visiting hours will be held 4-8 PM, Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm Street, Waterville. At 6 PM, the American Legion will have a short prayer service. A mass of Christian burial will be held 11 AM, Wednesday, October 26th at Notre Dame Church, Silver Street, Waterville. Burial with Military Honors will be at Maine Veterans’ Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta, October 26th at 1 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Road, Waterville, ME 04901.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, October 25, 2011
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 26, 2011
REMEMBERING

Orville Hugh Olsson

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November 2, 2011

I never met Ollie in person only on the computer.He was a man that had a vast knowledge of happenings in Viet Nam as well as what form to use for information.He was always for his fellow Marines and went out of his way to help others.I well miss seeing him on Yahoo messenger.Ollie may you rest in peace Semper Fi L/cpl Rodney Baker 3rd Am Tracs 69-70 1St FSR/FLC Red beach 70-71

Christa Boyd

October 31, 2011

RIP

Christa

Richard Lemasters

October 29, 2011


True story: Ollie and I were together for about 6 months with Rations Plt, FLSG-B, DongHa from May - Nov 1968, when I rotated and was discharged. Ollie stayed till June 69. I was a 3051 Warehouseman and worked out on the lot. Ollie was a Rations Clerk and worked in the office doing the accounting and processing issues and receipts. Were you ever with an organization and there was one individual who was not officially in-charge but everyone knew he was the "go-to-man", who could always be trusted and had the right answers, well that was Ollie. While I was there we were both Corporals, he would later make Sergeant and I got out as a Corporal with more than 2 years in-grade. Before I left, sometime in Sept or Oct, I was recommended for meritorious promotion and went in front of the FLSB promotion board. You know how they would ask some pretty stupid questions, well they asked me if there was anyone in my platoon who was more deserving of this promotion than me? Without thinking I said "yes, Corporal Olsson". Well, needless to say I didn't get the promotion. A few months later Ollie was recommended and he did get the strips.

During my 22 year career as an enlisted man and officer, I often thought about that event and thought "just how stupid was I" :)). I have also thought about all the Marines I've served with during that time and I still can't think of anyone who I would have rather served with than Sergeant Ollie Olsson. Ollie, I will never forget.

Richard Lemasters

October 29, 2011

During my 22 year career as a U.S. Marine

October 26, 2011

Semper Fi my Brother in Arms.
Barbara and I will always remember your thoughtfulness.....and your wonderful breakfasts you cooked for us.
You and my dad "Cappy" are now watching the Red Sox and Yankees games from above!

Craig Durrell
Haines City, FL
USMC 67-69 3rd Mar Div

Ryan Kneeland

October 26, 2011

In the brief time I knew you, I appreciated your thoughtfulness and kindness, and it was my pleasure to help out when you needed it. Rest in peace, sir.

October 26, 2011

Ollie became part of our extended family a few years ago. He will be missed for sure. We are confident that he is now enjoying the company of his family, friends, and fellow Marines. Semper Fi, Ollie
Love, Cowboy and Carol

Jean Pouliot

October 26, 2011

Rest in Peace Ollie. We had some great times at Thomas and you were a great Frat Brother to all of us. MTSND,
Jean (John) F. Pouliot
Oakland, Maine
Class of '70
Kappa since '68

Jessica Eldridge

October 25, 2011

We will miss you Ollie. You have touched our hearts and our lives will never be the same with you gone. Rest in peace.

April Morton

October 25, 2011

Ollie, 10 years ago god brought you and Billy into each others lives when he knew you were going to need each other. Over the years a bond grew like no other. He always worked to do his best and didn't ever want to disappoint you, and he never did. You meant the world to him and will forever be his hero. God bless you.