Gordon W. Olsen

Sept. 19, 1914 - Sept. 1, 2007

Gordon W. Olsen, 92, of Watertown, formerly of Oconomowoc, stepped into eternity with Jesus with his family present Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, at Golden Living Center in Watertown. He was born Sept. 19, 1914, in Milwaukee, the son of Godfrey and Emma Olsen.

He married June Henschel on Sept. 19, 1942, in Oconomowoc.

Gordon worked for Allis Chalmers for 29 years and Oconomowoc City Utilities for 10 years before his retirement in 1979. His memberships included Alliance Bible Church in Oconomowoc and the Oconomowoc American Legion.

Gordon enjoyed woodworking, gardening, landscaping and the music of his day. In his later days at Beverly Terrace, he enjoyed delivering the mail, people watching and visits from friends and loved ones.

He is survived by his daughter, Judith (Charles) Shaw of Watertown; sons, Gordon C. (Sue) Olsen of Jacksonville, Fla. and Richard R. (Vickie) Olsen of Bellevue, Neb; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Linda Olsen of Colgate; sister-in-law, Betty Lensmith of Oconomowoc; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Godfrey and Emma Olsen; wife, June Olsen, on Sept. 23, 2005; brother, Ellsworth; and sisters, Beulah Olsen, Edna Heinrich, Gladys Meloy and Violet Zastrow.

Visitation will be held from noon until the 2 p.m. funeral service Sunday, Sept. 9, at Pagenkopf Funeral Home, 1165 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc. The Rev. Donald Gephart will officiate.

Memorials are appreciated to the Golden Living Center or Alliance Bible Church.

The family extends special thanks to Betty Lensmith and Howard Wolf for their faithfulness to Gordon, plus all others who visited so often and the staff of Golden Living Center (formerly Beverly Terrace), who did so much to truly provide a loving home for Gordon and June. The family appreciates each of you so much, and also sends much gratitude to the staff of Aseracare Hospice for loving support and comfort.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.