2009-09-03 / Obituaries

Willard W. Olsen

Atoka, Okla., 87

Willard Wayne Olsen, 87, a lifelong Atoka County, Oklahoma, resident, died Friday, August 14, 2009, at Denison, Texas.

He was born July 4, 1922, to Thomas and Sarah (Lindsey) Olsen in Atoka County.

He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Germany, France and England for 3 1/2 years. He returned from the service and married the love of his life, Marian Faye Brown, on October 31, 1948, at Reno, Nev.

He was a longtime rancher and a patriotic Christian man who served his community as District #2 county commissioner for 14 years. He also worked for the Choctaw Nation for a number of years, along with other jobs he held.

He was an active member of the Black Jack Baptist Church for many years, a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. He was also a member of the Choctaw Nation and was very proud of his Indian heritage.

He will be mourned in his passing by his wife, Faye, of Atoka, Okla.; his daughters: Paula Olsen and Brenda Olsen, both of Atoka, Okla.; Joye Reeder and husband Lynn, Mc- Connellsburg, Pa., and Sara Beth Loke and husband John of Gilbert, Ariz.; sister Dora Lee Barnett, Odessa, Texas.; brother Tommy Olsen and wife Dee of Clayton, Okla.; grandchildren: Chad Downard and wife Martina of Augusta, Ga.; Pam Lake and husband Brian of Needmore, Pa.; Jessica Reeder of Boston, Mass.; Jennifer Benadum and Heather Aduddell and husband Russell, all of Oklahoma City, Okla..; six great-grandchildren: Jordan, Molly, Reagan, Melanie, Lochlan and Isla, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and many dear and loved friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Sarah Olsen; two brothers: Arvel Olsen and Cecil Olsen; and a sister, Freda Busby.

Services were held Tuesday, August 18, at 2:00 p.m., at Brown's Funeral Chapel, Atoka, Okla. Brother Gene Sluder, Brother Shane Hamilton and Brother Arvil Hall officiated. Burial was made in Butler Cemetery, Lane, Okla.

Brown's Funeral Service, Atoka, Okla., was in charge of arrangements.

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