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Theodore ‘Ted’ Olson obituary

Published on November 29, 2017 12:01AM

Theodore Olson

Theodore Olson


June 19, 1936 — Nov. 21, 2017

Theodore (Ted) Olson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 19, 1936, to Theodore and Helen Olson.

After graduating from Minneapolis Vocational, specializing in mechanics, he joined the Navy “Seabees” division when he was 17, and served in Korea, Japan and the Philippines for four years.

Ted married Beverly in 1958 and had two sons, Tim and Ted, and a daughter, Terri.

Ted met Oriole, the true love of his life, in 1985, and they were married for 32 years, residing in Hammond, Oregon.

Ted loved fishing and ran his charter boat, the Halcyon, out of Hammond for six years. Ted excelled in restoring old cars and turned many a “bucket of bolts” into show-winning trophies. He raced dwarf, stock and mini cars at Clatsop Speedway until he turned 60.

Ted and Oriole spent many days in Eastern Oregon visiting and making new friends, playing cowboy and branding on different ranches and shooting rats — Oriole’s favorite.

Ted is survived by his wife, Oriole; sons Tim and Ted; daughter Terri; 11 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Ted loved vanilla ice cream, his family, playing poker with the “guys,” old cars, his dogs and horses, and Oriole. At his request there will be no service at this time.


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