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Vernon G. Olson

Sept. 19, 1927 — Jan. 28, 2019

Vernon G. Olson, 91, of Cathlamet (Puget Island) died Jan. 28th at St. John Medical Center in Longview.

He was born in Longview on Sept. 19, 1927, to Selmar ”Sam” and Hilda (Nordine) Olson. The family moved from Ryderwood to Cathlamet when he was young, living at Crown Zellerbach family camp in the Elochoman Valley, then moving to Puget Island, where Vern lived in the family home for 75 years.

In 1945 he graduated from Wahkiakum High School and attended Oregon State University. He enjoyed playing on the town baseball and basketball teams, even playing on the championship team in the early 1950s, and grange softball.

Vern worked at the Wauna Lumber Mill before going to work at Danton-Russell Mill in Warrenton, where he retired in 1989, spending 45 years in the lumber Industry.

He loved gardening and fishing for springers, steelhead and salmon. But his greatest joy was being an avid Husky fan. He attended U of W Huskies games at the Rose Bowl twice in Pasadena. He and sister Jean had season tickets to watch the Huskies since 1948 and he was a member of the U of W Tyee Club. He attended Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Vern is survived by his sister, Jean Horman (Ron); a nephew, Larry Horman (Lesley); five great-nephews, Joe Jackson (Cortney), Larry Horman II (Taylor), Gage Horman, Cy Horman, and Micah Jackson (Dyani); four great-nieces, Shelly Fish (Jayson) and her children, Maris Jackson, Amy Horman and Talon Horman; and many cousins.

Private interment will take place at Greenwood Cemetery and a celebration of Vern’s life will be announced in March.

Dowling Funeral Home of Cathlamet is in charge of arrangements.

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