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Norman A. Olsen
March 2, 1942 - June 18, 2017

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Norman Albert "Norm" Olsen, 76, of Longview died June 18, 2017, at OHSU.

He was born March 2, 1941, in Centralia, and grew up in Hoquiam, Wash., where he graduated from high school in 1959. He joined the Air Force in 1961, and served three years as a medic at the 48th Tactical Hospital, RAF Lakenheath, England.

Norm took courses through the University of Maryland while serving at the Tac Hospital. After his Honorable Discharge, he earned a bachelor of arts in communications at Washington state University, Pullman, WA.

He workd 10 and-a-half years as a journalist and editor, and also worked for Reynolds Metals, and Longview Fibre companies. Norm was a member of the 48th Tac Hospital Squadron Assoc., and the Pacific County Historical Society.

Norm was always eager to check out new things, filling his time with a variety of hobbies and interests. He enjoyed music, especially British band music. He witnessed Queen Elizabeth's birthday parade (Trooping of the Color), and had been to Promenade Cooncerts at the Royal albert Hall in London. he also played with a band in lakenheath Village, and flew sailplanes and fenced while stationed in England. He enjoyed traveling, meeting and talking to people. he was a gifted writer, receiving awards for oustanding journalism.

Norm was preceded in death by his father, Carl Albert Olsen, and his mother and stepfather, Lena May (West, Olsen) and Francis James "Frenchy" Halter.

He is survived by his wife, Inger at home, a son and daughter-in-law, Jarl and Emily, in Battle Ground, Wash., and two grandsons, Henning and Gabriel.

Internment will take place at Mount Tahoma National Cemetery, in Kent, WA.

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