Ludwig Franklin Olson, 93, Nevada, passed away at his home in Nevada on Thursday, May 15, 2008, following an illness of several months. He was born Nov. 20, 1914, in Tacoma, Wash., to John Leonard Olson and Effie Armentia Tharp Olson. The family soon moved to Oklahoma and lived there and in Arkansas and Kansas before moving to Missouri in 1938.
On Sept. 25, 1939, he was united in marriage to Eleanor Swan of rural Richards, Mo., and they celebrated their 68th anniversary last year.
Mr. Olsen was a life member of the B.P.O.E. Elks No. 564, and spent several years with the Boy Scouts of America as an assistant scout master and on the Board of Review. He also coached American Legion baseball for several years. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, gardening and collecting toy sewing machines and belt buckles. He worked at Nevada Implement Co. for several years and at Key Industries in Nevada for 28 years, retiring in 1977. He had been fortunate enough to enjoy 30 years of retirement.
He is survives by his wife Eleanor, of the home; two daughters, Gayle Archer and her husband Doug, of Archie, Mo., and Lynne Salmon, of Butler; one son, Alan Olsen and his wife Pat, of Nevada; 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Gernalee Bowen, of Dallas; nieces nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Eugene, William, Clinton, and John; one sister Leona Allen; and one grandson, Michael Archer.
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 19, at Newton Burial Park, Nevada, with John Nichols officiating.
Friends may call now and until 10 a.m., on Monday, at Ferry Funeral Home, 301 S. Washington, Nevada, MO.
The family suggested that memorials may be made in his memory to Nevada Hospice in care of the Nevada Regional Medical Center Foundation or The Bushwhacker Museum in care of Ferry Funeral Home.
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