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Louis H. 'Lou' Olsen dies at 84

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Louis H. “Lou” Olsen, 84, of Michigan City, passed away Monday, Feb. 12 at 5:25 a.m. at Clare Bridge Cottage, Michigan City.

He was born Dec. 17, 1922 in Michigan City, the son of Peter B. and Lydia E. (Eggert) Olsen, both of whom preceded him in death.

On Aug. 19, 1950, he married Lorrayne E. Heyne of Michigan City. They were the first couple to be married in the newly formed parish of Queen of All Saints Church. She preceded him in death in July of 2006.

He is survived by a son, Paul (Cheryl) Olsen of Westville; a daughter, Linda (Robert) Zeidler of Chesterton and grandchildren, Eric and David Zeidler and Bryan and Melissa Olsen.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Mark A. Olsen and a sister, Leona Seedorf.

Louis graduated from Elston High School in 1941, then enlisted in the service. He was a lieutenant in the Army Air Corps 316th Fighter Squadron of the 324th Fighter group and flew the P-47 Thunderbolt. A photograph of him in the cockpit was featured on the cover of the Great Lakes Museum of Military History booklet several years ago.

In Oct. of 1945 he began working with Ted Hill/Wright Electric, known now as Tri State Electrical Supply Company, in Michigan City. He was a Purchasing Manager and worked at Tri State for 60 years.

Louis was an avid golfer, thoroughly enjoyed being with all of his golf buddies and played many rounds and tournaments at Pottawattomie Country Club. He also served as co-chairperson of the Joiners game. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Moose Lodge #980, Elks Lodge #432 for 54 years, American Legion Skwiat Post #451 and Pottawattomie Country Club. He traveled often with his wife to Las Vegas, Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska and Rome, Italy.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at Carlisle Funeral Home. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City, with full military rites by American Legion John Franklin Miller Post #37.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 with a memorial service by Elks Lodge #432 at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association.

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Posted 2/13/2007