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Alvin Lavern Olsen

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 9:03 p.m. CDT

SUGARLAND, Texas - Mr. Alvin Lavern Olsen, 92, passed from this life Sunday morning, March 24, 2013, in Wharton, Texas.

Born July 27, 1920, in Dwight, Ill., to Gerluf and Lula Olsen, Mr. Olsen served on the school board of Goodfarm Grade School, as well as Gardner-South Wilmington High School.

Alvin was a farmer for over 70 years, a member of the Grundy County Farm Bureau, and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Kankakee, Ill. His passions in life —besides his family and friends — were bowling, fishing, traveling, and his love for animals.

Survivors include his loving wife of 71 years, Helen Marie Olsen; a daughter, Barbara Jean Olsen of Sugarland, Texas; sisters Blanch Carpenter of Astor, Fla., Pearle Brown and husband Richard of Kankakee, Ill.; sister-in-law Evelyn Howland of Gardener, Ill.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends; and his beloved Kodi Bear.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerluf and Lula Olsen, and a brother-in-law, Thomas Carpenter. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Sugarland First United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridege Road, Sugarland, TX 77478, with the Rev. Philip E. Grose and Hospice Chaplain Nancy Parsons officiating.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Hayes Funeral Home. For additional information, call the funeral home at (409) 925-3501 or log onto www.HayesFuneral Home.com.

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