|Birth: ||Oct. 19, 1950|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Jun. 30, 2011|
Kim Olson was born in Pasadena, California on October 19, 1950. He grew up in California and Arizona, and joined the United States Army at age seventeen. His job in the Army took him all over the world, with repeated stays in Germany and Korea. While in Alabama, Kim completed his Engineering Science Degree at John C. Calhoun State College. In 1990, after 22 years in the Army, Kim retired as a Sergeant First Class, a rank he stubbornly held on to even though he was pressured to advance.
Kim continued working as a civilian federal contractor specializing in ground radar electronics, maintenance and operations. He spent many years in the Marshall Islands, a time that he loved. He could bicycle all over the island in a matter of minutes, and he kept a salt water tank in his little residence, adding new fish by snorkeling into the ocean just a few steps away. Illness took him off of Kwajalein, but after he recovered he continued in a similar job near his new home in Henderson, Nevada.
Kim served his country as an Army man and as a civilian for over 40 years, but he was most proud of his daughter Andrea. To see them side by side- Kim with his red hair, and Andrea with her gorgeous auburn waves- was to know they were father and daughter. He was at his happiest whenever he was near her.
Kim had many interests. He enjoyed exploring and photographing the great outdoors, playing his guitars, reading, building intricate wooden ship replicas, and collecting unique memorabilia, among many other things. He loved finally having his own home after so many years spent all over the world, and filled it with hundreds of mementos from his travels.
My brother Kim was an extremely intelligent person, sometimes a little ornery, always very independent. He built his own personal computer long before most of us had even heard of such a thing. We used to teasingly ask him if anybody could get into Area 51, and he would answer "Maybe, but good luck getting out!" He liked simple things too, like the night sky, Hawaiian shirts, and cooking shows.
Kim's illness caught up to him again in the Spring of 2011. After some weeks in the hospital, he passed away on June 30. He was buried at sea on January 14, 2012 in an Honorary Ceremony performed aboard the USS Chafee, which was on deployment in the South Pacific.
We didn't get to see him nearly enough.
We miss him very much.
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: Buried at sea on January 14, 2012 in an Honorary Military Ceremony, performed aboard the USS Chafee
Maintained by: SueScot
Originally Created by: Bob Spalding
Record added: Sep 09, 2012
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