On April 11, 2011, Earl P. Olsen left this world with the same quiet dignity he displayed all his life.
Earl was born on April 22, 1915, in Great Falls, Mont., to Christian and Amanda Olsen. He grew up on a ranch in the remote Bear Paw Mountains and, at the age of nine, traveled to Haugesund, Norway, for a four-year visit with his grandparents.
During high school, he developed a passion for ham radio and electronics. After attending the University of Montana, he worked as a radio engineer for the U.S Forest Service.
He was called to active duty at the start of World War II. He served on the U.S.S. Saratoga when it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. He also worked on the top secret Mission Aphrodite with Joseph Kennedy, Jr.
After the war, he worked at KTTV/CBS Television. Later he was employed at Point Mugu Missile Testing Center, located in Calif., as an electronics engineer. At the time of his retirement, at the age of 57, he was the head of the Systems Integration Laboratory at the Center. He was also a retired U.S.N.R. commander.
He enjoyed his retirement by traveling the world with his wife. He loved gardening and woodworking. He kept in touch with his ham radio friends throughout the world.
Earl was preceded in death by his wife, Irene, his high school sweetheart. He was also preceded by his second wife and dear friend, Jeanette. He is survived by his daughter, Claire (Larry) Steffen and their grandchildren, Paul and Irene, all of Castroville, Calif. He is also survived by his brother, John, and his wife, of Olympia, Wash.
Earl's family are appreciative of the excellent care Earl received from the staff at Farmington Square. Most of all, our sincere thanks to his brother, John, and his wife, Helen, for their loving concern and support throughout the progression of Earl's illness.
A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at 11:00 a.m., at the Perl Funeral Home Chapel. A private graveside service will occur at the Ivy Lawn Cemetery, in Ventura, Calif.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association in preference to flowers.