Kent Munro Olson, 81, went to be with his Lord and Saviour on Oct 29, 2017. Kent was born June 29, 1936 in Teaneck N.J. to Harry and Angie Olson. He moved to Longview in 1955 to attend LeTourneau College and while there he met the love of his life Mattie, whom he referred to as his Yellow Rose of Texas. After a short romance they were married and shared each other’s lives for the next 61 years.
Over the years Kent earned a Bachelor of Science degree in both Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering at LeTourneau, worked as their Alumni Director for four years and was selected Alumnus of the Year in 1977. He retired from Crosby-Lebus Manufacturing in 2007 after 12 years as their Environmental and Safety Engineer. Some of his other life achievements include working for Wheaton College in Illinois and the Salvation Army in Denver as their area representative, Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, and Haven Care in Missouri. He was also a dedicated member of the Longview Lions Club.
One of Kent’s passions, which he shared with his sons and grandsons, was his love of cars and attending swap meets and car shows with his good friend Gordon Fenner.
He had also served on the Board of Trustees for the Longview Salvation Army and was actively involved with that organization wherever he lived for a large part of his life. He and his family owned a restaurant in Minnesota before he and Mattie moved back to Longview where he became Operations Manager for Alumatech Trailer Manufacturing.
He was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Angie Olson. He is survived by his wife Mattie, children Gail (Keith) Calhoun of Longview, Rod (Joanna) Olson of Minnesota, Doug Olson of Jefferson, Chris (Quenna) Olson of White Oak, grandchildren Bradley Olson, Glenn Olson, Cody Calhoun, and Abby (Wesley) Garrett. Great grandchildren include Haileigh Garrett, Jaxson Garrett, Soren Olson as well as in-laws Louis and Christene Jaynes, Ann and Frank Stevenson and multiple nieces and nephews and cousins. Special lifetime friends include Ralph Pettersen and his late wife Jean.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all the friends and family members for their support and assistance the last several years, especially Gail and Doug for their daily help, and a special thank you to all the caregivers at HeartsWay Hospice.
Visitation will be 5-7 PM Tuesday Oct. 31 at Welch’s Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be Wednesday Nov. 1 at 10 AM also at Welch’s with interment at Wells Chapel Cemetery near Linden.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army or The Parkinson Foundation at www.parkinson.org/ways-to-give .