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Curtis Lee Olson obituary

Published on April 19, 2017 12:01AM

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Curtis Olson

Curtis Olson


Aug. 30, 1932 — April 8, 2017

Curtis Lee Olson, 84, passed away April 8, 2017. He was born Aug. 30, 1932, in Astoria, to Otto and Reta (Lynn) Olson, the middle of three children.

Curt grew up in the Melville area of Lewis and Clark, where he was involved in 4-H (dairy cows) and helped on the family farm. He attended Melville School, Lewis and Clark and Astoria High School. He was proud that he was given a driver’s license at age 14 to drive area classmates to school, as the bus did not go out that far.

Following high school, Curt joined the U.S. Army National Guard, achieving the rank of sergeant. He was sent to Fort Belvoir, Virginia, for training in heavy equipment operation, and fondly remembered roller skating on the National Mall.

Curt married Winifred Schuster on May 2, 1953, in Portland. They raised three children, Marilyn, Keith and Roxanne, in the Youngs River area. He and Wini participated in a motorcycle club, played cards and square danced. He also enjoyed hunting and camping trips.

Curt worked on a log boom in Youngs River Loop, later becoming a longshoreman and proud union member of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local No. 50. He also operated Olson Logging for several years. After divorcing, Curt married Beverly Patson (deceased 1987).

He gillnetted on the Columbia River and fished for many summers in Bristol Bay, Alaska, on his beloved boat, the Bev-Lee. He later spent 18 years with Rebecca Myers (deceased, 2005), enjoying playing cards and weekly dinners at the Buoy Nine. Following Curt’s retirement, they spent winters with fellow Astorian snowbirds in Yuma, Arizona. Another favored daily routine was morning coffee at the Labor Temple with friends. Curt was a longtime member of both the Elks and American Legion, as well as Moose and Eagles.

Curt was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Joan Lindseth and Roger Olson; a sister-in-law, Carol Olson; and infant son, Russell. He is survived by his children, Marilyn (David) Mears of Seattle, Keith (Shirley) Olson of Seaside and Roxanne (Serge) Boen of Albany; three grandsons, Abraham and August Mears and Robert Olson; and a brother-in-law, Elmer Lindseth of Seattle.

A service will be held Saturday, April 22, at 1 p.m. at Caldwell’s Luce-Layton Mortuary in Astoria. A reception follows at the American Legion.

Remembrances may be made to Warrenton Deep Sea Fishermen’s Benefit Fund, P.O. Box 1062, Warrenton, OR 97146; or charity of your choice.


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