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John Olsen April 4, 1927 - February 2, 2010 Voluntown - John Olsen 82, died on February 2, 2010 at his home on Ekonk Hill Road with his loving family at his side. He was born April 4, 1927 in New York City son of the late Knut and Olava Olsen. On July 5, 1952 John was married to Anne LeDoyt who survives him. He was predeceased by a brother Olaf Olsen and two sisters Margaret Drake and Agnes Olson. Surviving him are his sister Constance Hrenek of Willimantic, daughters Gail Kulesza of Preston and her husband Dan, Linnea Olsen of Alexandria, VA, son Ronald Olsen and his wife Denise of Griswold and grandson Chris Kulesza of Preston. John is a native of Mansfield, CT and graduated from Windham High School in 1945, served in the U.S. Navy from 1945-46, graduated from the University of CT in 1951 majoring in Forestry. From 1951-1982 he was employed by the CT Park & Forest Commission (later DEP) as a Forest Ranger, Nurseryman, Service Forester, Area Forester and Regional Manager. He was a member of the Voluntown Baptist Church, Society of American Foresters, a Charter member of the CT Christmas Tree Growers Assoc. serving as it's Executive Director, National Christmas Tree Growers Assoc., Governor's Council for Agricultural Development, New England Christmas Tree Growers Alliance, CT Park & Forest Assoc., and served on the CT Tree Farm Committee, Chairman of the Voluntown Elderly Housing, Director and Treasurer of the Voluntown Ambulance Committee and the Voluntown Economic Development Committee. After retirement in 1982 he became a Private Consulting Forester. His favorite pastime was the expansion and tending of the family Christmas Tree plantation. He traveled across the United States with his wife and visited his family in Norway. John was a devoted husband, father and friend to many and will be missed. A memorial service will be held at Voluntown Baptist Church on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2PM. The Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home 490 Voluntown Road in Jewett City is in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to Hospice, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360 or to Voluntown Baptist Church, PO Box 508, Voluntown, CT 06384.
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