Arnold Roland Olsen (Ole)
December 31, 1928 – May 10, 2019
On a beautiful sunny day with his family by his side, Dad passed away. Left to cherish many wonderful memories are his children and their spouses; Bradley (Paulette), Duane (Brenda), Corinne (Todd Smith), and Carla (Bart Myles). Grandchildren; Jeremy and Duane (Lindsay) Olsen, Dylan (Shelby), Jolee (Devin), and Alex (Eva) Smith, Josh (Jordelle) and Brady (Kristie) Myles. Great grandchildren; Tanner, Logan, Jaden, Nika, Beck, and a new baby in September.
Also surviving are his sister-in-law Rosalie Olsen and brother-in-law Elmer Hansson, many special nieces, nephews, friends and former co-workers.
He was predeceased by his wife Gerry, parents Ole and Gertrude Olsen, sisters Alice (Ted) Richardson, Florence (Bill) Giles, and brother Larry Olsen.
Dad was born in Kenora December 31, 1928 and the family moved to Vermilion Bay in 1932 where he was raised. Dad was educated in a one room school from grade one to grade ten. No further education was available after that so he entered the work force at the age of sixteen. His first jobs included seasonal work as a fishing guide in the summer and scaling in the winter at the Mando pulpwood camps on a new road that extended north of the C.N.R. In 1949 Dad began an enjoyable and satisfying career of 35 years at the Department of Lands and Forests (later known as Ministry of Natural Resources) as a Forest Ranger at Cedar Lake, then a Conservation Officer, Fishery Management Officer, and finally Regional Enforcement Specialist until his retirement in 1983.
Dad married Gerry Minor on May 10, 1957. During their fifty-three years of marriage they kept busy raising their four children and enjoying many adventures throughout Canada, the United States (especially Hawaii), and Alaskan and Caribbean cruises. He enjoyed many hobbies and interests throughout his life such as fishing, hunting, music, dancing, photography, gardening, and the great outdoors. Nothing was more important to Dad than his family. He was always there to lend a helping hand or share his wisdom.
Dad was a beloved grandfather. Grandpa always had time for building a wooden project, following activities or telling a story of the good old days. He had a wealth of information and knowledge to share and he instilled love and respect for nature to his grandchildren.
A service will be held on Saturday June 1, 2019 at 11:00 am at Alcock Funeral Home (Highway 17 West, Keewatin).
Dad was loved and respected and will be missed by family and friends. Donations in memory of Dad may be made to Hospice Space care of Pinecrest Home.