Kenneth R. Olson, 97, of Bemus Point passed away Sunday (September 5, 2021) in his home surrounded by his family.
A lifelong area resident he was born September 20, 1923 in Stockton, NY, the son of the late Augustus and Ellen Henderson Olson.
Ken was a 1941 graduate of Cassadaga Valley High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during WWII from 1944 to 1946. He was employed by Sans Corporation retiring in 1989. He also owned and operated a gravel and top soil business for 35 years. Ken was known for having the cleanest dirt in town.
He was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed horseshoes, card games, antique tractors, attending the Warren Co. Fair, horse pulls and singing.
Surviving are five children: Mary (Ken) Moore of Youngsville, Laurie (Anthony) Pollino of Jamestown, Daniel Olson (MaryAnn Platz) of Bemus Point, Amy (Ted) Jose of Jamestown, Todd Olson of Bemus Point; 14 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren and his companion of 20 years Carol Kesby.
He was preceded in death by his wife Autumn Wensley Olson who died in 1978 and a daughter Sandra (Tyrrell) Pickard who died in 1994. Ken was the last surviving member of three brothers: Raymond, Donald and William Olson; and two sisters: Margurite Hultberg and Virginia Brace.
A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Bemus Point Cemetery. Visitation will not be observed.
Memorial contributions may be donated to Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14701.
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