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Herbert Justin Olson

Escanaba, Delta County, Michigan, USA
Death 12 Dec 2003 (aged 87)
Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Michigan, USA
Burial Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Michigan, USA
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TRAVERSE CITY - Herbert Justin Olson, 87, of Traverse City, died Saturday evening at Munson Medical Center.
Herb was born on May 23, 1916, in Escanaba, the son of Herbert T. and Margaret (McCarthy) Olson. He was a 1936 graduate of Crystal Falls High School. He then attended Michigan State College, graduating in 1942.
Herb joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Philippines during World War II as a radar communications specialist. After the war he moved to Traverse City to teach in the public schools. In 1965 he and his family moved to Royal Oak, where he was a teacher and principal. Herb then became the director and designer of the North Oakland Vocational Education Center in Oakland County.
After his retirement in 1976, Herb moved back to Traverse City. He will be remembered as a man with a great sense of humor who was friendly to everyone. His many words of wisdom will always be remembered by his family and grandchildren, whom he loved very much.
Herb enjoyed fishing, golfing, reading, oil painting and the out-of-doors, especially walking and hiking. He also loved to sing, and sang in the first barbershop quartet in Traverse City.
Herb was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, to which he was very devoted and loved very much. He was also a member of the Elks Club, the Lions Club, the Rotary Club in Clarkston and the Optimist Club in Traverse City.
Herb married his college sweetheart, Reva I. Gough, on Oct. 11, 1940, in Lansing. She preceded him in death in 1998.
On Oct. 9, 2002, in Traverse City Herb married Dorothy (Gilbert) Kreag, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Gail (Tom) Kearey of Berkley and Cathryn Gabriel of Traverse City; two sons, Robert (Norma) Olson of Royal Oak and Charles (Susan) Olson of Suttons Bay; a brother, Robert (Faye) Olson of Crystal Falls; and a sister, Mary Davis of Milwaukee, Wis.; seven grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding him in death were three brothers, Norman, Charlie and an infant brother.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Following cremation, burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens, with military honors by the VFW Cherryland Post #2780. Traverse City Record Eagle

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