Wallace John Olsen
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Wallace John Olsen
  • June 22, 1946 - May 15, 2017
  • Columbia, South Carolina

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COLUMBIA - Wallace John Johnny Olsen Jr., 70, died Monday, May 15, 2017. He was the son of Wallace John Olsen, Sr. and Betty B. Olsen and was born June 22, 1946 in Pasadena, California. He served in communications in the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1971, rising to the rank of Technical Sergeant. One of the first to support the space program, he supported communication in both the Apollo 10 and Apollo 11 missions, earning several commendations.



John is survived by his mother, Betty B. Olsen; his wife of thirty seven years, Etta Olsen; daughter, Melissa Ann Mast (John); grandsons, Lucas Mast and Gavin Mast; brothers, David Olsen (Anna) and Paul Olsen (Kelly); and sisters, Kathryn Olsen, Barbara Whitman (Skeeter) and Bettye Jean Shepard (Mike). He was predeceased by his son, James Edward Olsen and father, Wallace John Olsen, Sr.



Services will be held Friday, May 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., in Elmwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Columbia International University, C/O Olsen Scholarship, 7435 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC 29203.



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