Retired merchant, civic leader and Child of God, Oscar Andrew Olson passed from this life to his heavenly reward Tuesday, August 14, 2007, at Integris Baptist Regional Health Center in Miami, OK.
He was born in Kansas City, Mo., on Jan. 19, 1914, to Oscar A. Olson, Sr., and Roxie Cantrell Olson.
Mr. Olson was united in marriage on May 4, 1935, to Ella Ann Bohnenkamp, also of Kansas City. They recently celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary.
He proudly served with the Merchant Marine during World War II in the South Pacific.
The Olsons moved to Miami in 1951 to manage a company-owned Western Auto Store on South Main Street. They eventually purchased the business and operated it for 35 years until their retirement.
Mr. Olson received the Lions Club International Melvin Jones Fellow Award in 1995 after active membership for more than 40 years. It was the first time a member had been so honored.
In March 2007, the Mount Olive Lutheran Church paid tribute to Mr. Olson's more than 50 years of service having held practically every elected office of the congregation as well as Adult Class and Sunday School teacher, visiting the members in their homes, hospitals and nursing home facilities. He was known for providing excellent encouragement and support to many people with a self-effacing, humble manner.
He is survived by his wife, of the home; his daughter, Cathryn Olson Cook of Norman; his double cousin, Col. James C. Olson (Ret.) of North Carolina, nieces, nephews and many friends and former customers who still waved their greeting as they passed him on the street.
The family will receive friends at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, from 7 to 8 p.m.
A Celebration of Oscar Olson's life will be held Friday, Aug. 17, 2007, at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Miami with interment to follow at G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami.
A meal will be served afterward.
Arrangements are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home.