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Obituary: Edward Benjamin Olsen

Edward Benjamin Olsen

"Bugle Boy"

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle passed away October 18th due to complications from pneumonia surrounded by his loving family.

Ed was born on December 17, 1926 to Elmer and Hattie Olsen in Butte, MT. Ed met Patricia Miller and fell in love at first sight. They were married on May 5, 1951 at St. Helena's Cathedral in Helena, MT.

Ed served in the US Army in World War II and was chosen to play the trumpet in the 247th Army Band at Ft. Bliss, TX. He graduated from the U of U with a BS in accounting in 1952 and earned his CPA. While in college he was an all-star track athlete. He worked for the Army Audit, Hill AFB, and the United States Air Force Europe as a price analyst. In 1974, Ed and his family relocated to Weisbaden, Germany. They explored Europe extensively during their stay and returned home to the U.S. in 1982 to continue work at Hill. He spent much of his military and civilian life serving his country. Ed retired in 1986 after 31 years of distinguished service.

Ed was a member of the Utah Elks. His hobbies included traveling, bowling, golfing, and coaching many baseball teams. He took great enjoyment in his music and was an accomplished trumpet player. He performed in many musical organizations including the Frankfurt Germany Orchestra, The Beehive British Brass Band, the Drum & Bugle Corps, and performed for 23 years with the Great Western Rocky Mountain Brass Band in Silverton, CO.

Ed is survived by Pat, his loving sweetheart of 56 years; his six children, Dan, Cheryl, and Bryan Olsen, all of Bountiful; Marilyn Whipple (Lynn) of Centerville; Laurie O'Neil (Steve) of Knoxville TN; Jill Perry (Roger) of Louisville, CO; and his sister Florence Lutey of Prescott, AZ. Ed truly loved his 18 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and his nieces and nephews. Ed was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Howard, and Choco-Bear, his adorable Pom.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, October 23rd, from 6 to 8 p.m. with a rosary service beginning at 7:45, at Lindquist's Bountiful Mortuary, 727 N. 400 E. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. in Bountiful at St. Olaf's Catholic Church, 1800 S. Orchard Drive, on Wednesday, October 24th. A military interment will follow the services at Lakeview Memorial Estates.

His family is deeply appreciative of the staff at Lakeview Hospital, especially, Don, Danita, Scott, Esther, Amy, Toby, and Amber. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Great Western Rocky Mountain Brass Band at PO Box 711, Silverton, CO 81433. Condolences may be shared at