|Birth: ||Jan. 21, 1937|
|Death: ||Feb. 25, 2011|
Kenneth L Olsen, formerly of Smyrna, DE, passed away peacefully at the age of 74, on Feb 25, 2011, with his family by his side. Ken was born on January 21, 1937 in Superior, WI to Earling and Olga (Olson) Olsen. Following his graduation from Superior Central High School in 1955, he joined the Navy. During his service, he worked as a radio operator and traveled the high seas on the USS Witek (DD-848).
Following his service with the Navy, Ken lived with his sister Marjorie, her husband Wayne, and their children while attending Colorado State College. In 1963, he married Judith Claire Beebe. He graduated in 1964 with a BA in Chemistry and began his first job with Sinclair Oil. Ken's career took them from Sinclair Oil in Wyoming, to Colorado Interstate Gas in Colorado, and then on to Delaware in 1969, where he started with Getty Oil. While this plant transitioned ownership several times during his tenure, he served as Chief Chemist at the Delaware City, DE plant for 20 years, ending a 40 year career in the oil industry, retiring in 2003. He was very active in the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), serving as Chairman of the D02 Petroleum Committee. He received numerous awards for his work and leaderhip setting standards for petroleum. He was also an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Elks Lodge of Dover, DE.
Ken was known and loved as a father, grandfather, husband, brother & son, as "Uncle Kenny", as a golf buddy, and a colleague. He carried a passion for golfing, especially at Garrison's Lake Golf in Smyrna, DE and Maple Leaf in Dover, DE. He loved telling jokes, traveling, watching the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps compete, spending time with his grandchildren and cheering on his Green Bay Packers.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene.
He is survived by his daughters, Pamela and Melanie; his grandchildren, Kayla, Justin and Jacob; his former wife, Judith; his sister Marjorie; and his nieces and nephews, Craig, Julie, Lisa, Brian, Chris and Jane.
We would like to thank all of the nurses and staff at Hospice of Cincinnati and especially to Lynn and Lavita for their deep care and compassion for Ken and his family during his final days.
Created by: Oscar Sandstrom
Record added: Mar 09, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66701286
Rest in Peace, Buddy. You were a good friend.|
Added: Dec. 27, 2011