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Elliott Olesen - November 19, 2012


Elliott Rae “Ole” Olesen, 85 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege.
Ole was born on June 6, 1927, at Minden, the youngest of two children born to Clarence and Millie (Christiansen) Olesen.
Ole received his education from Minden Public Schools.
In early years, he worked in land leveling and drove truck out of Minden. He also hauled P.O.W.s out of the Atlanta Prisoner of War Camp. On Sept. 7, 1945, he was inducted into U.S. Army, serving his country until he was honorably discharged on Nov. 16, 1946.
On June 16, 1951, he was united in marriage to Carolyn Ann Lindstrom at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Holdrege and to this union two children were born: Tommy and Diane. The family made their home in Holdrege, where Ole was employed as a lineman for Southern Power District for 38 years.
During his retirement years he enjoyed helping his son, Tommy on the farm, as well as several area farmers.
He was always willing to lend a helping hand, even to those he did not know. He loved being around people.
He was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church, where he ushered for many years. He also delivered bulletins from church to members that could not attend services.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carolyn, of Holdrege; children, Tommy R. Olesen and wife, Janis, of Smithfield and Diane K. Samuelson and husband, Kent, of Loomis; grandchildren, Shannon Hueftle and husband, Bobby, of Smithfield, Drew Olesen and wife, Jessie, of Bertrand, Adriane Garrett and husband, John, of Hordville, Andy Samuelson and wife, Henny, of Holdrege, Adam Samuelson and wife, Jeni, of Axtell, and Amy Rademaker and husband, Sean, of Holdrege; twelve great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Cathryn Alexander and husband, DeWayne, of Gothenburg, Millie Brown and husband, Jim, of Holdrege, and Martha Lindstrom of Holdrege; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Besides his parents, Ole was preceded in death by his sister, Chrystal Keedle and husband, Aljern.
A private family interment was held prior to the services at the Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege.
Memorial services were conducted from the Bethel Lutheran Church in Holdrege on Nov. 21 with the Revs. Jamie Strickler and Darrel Wissmann, officiating.
Military honors were provided by the Martin-Horn American Legion Post 66 of Holdrege in conjunction with the United State Army National Guard Military Honors Team.
A memorial has been established in his memory and will be designated at a later date.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com.
The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege was in charge of the arrangements.