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William Gilmour Olsen, Jr.

March 30, 1937 - December 24, 2017

William Gilmour Olsen, Jr., age 80, passed away at his home in New Ulm, TX on December 24, 2017. He was born on March 30, 1937 in Jamaica, Queens, NY to William Gilmour Olsen, Sr. and Viola Marie Flanagan. He and his sister Elaine were raised on Long Island and graduated Hempstead High.

He earned a scholarship to Brown University in Rhode Island where he worked part time, was on the rowing team and completed his BS in Electrical Engineering. He joined the Air Force in 1960, and later in life enjoyed telling stories about the various countries to which he was assigned. He was stationed at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX in 1963, where he met and married Cathy Wittig. They had four children together and moved to Spring, Poughkeepsie, and Houston following opportunities with IBM and winning awards as a proficient computer programmer. Later he worked for Schlumberger and then became a consultant, doing custom programming for businesses as they came into the computer age.

Bill was an advocate for higher education and helped his four children go to and complete college.

He married Cindy Fuller and they lived in Missouri City, TX and built a home in New Ulm, TX. They knew one another for 25 years, and though they divorced, they remained close.

It was a lifelong dream of his to have a little piece of land in the country and this is where he primarily spent his final 20 years. He was handy and could build or fix anything, and he built every bit of his home in New Ulm.

He loved to talk to people and tell stories. He often wore his Air Force ball cap and would swap stories with other veterans wearing their caps. He was a smart man, well read, liked to cook and barbecue, and loved sharing his latest recipes.

He is survived by his sister Elaine Egbert and his four children: William Olsen and wife Audrey, Patricia Mallory, Jean Parrish and husband Daryl, and Karen Olsen. He has six grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a gathering for family and friends to honor him at his home in New Ulm on Saturday, January 27. Further details will be provided as they are finalized.


William Gilmour Olsen, Jr.
March 30, 1937 - December 24, 2017


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