Archive for Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Obituary: Alf T.H. Oleson


December 8, 2004

No services are planned for Alf T.H. "Ole" Oleson, 88, Eudora. He was cremated.

Mr. Oleson died Nov. 30, 2004, at his home. He was born Nov. 15, 1916, in Independ-ence, Mo., the son of Arild and Eva Oleson.

He grew up in Wichita and Belle Plaine and graduated from Belle Plaine High School. He graduated from the Kansas University School of Pharmacy in 1940.

Mr. Oleson served in the United States Navy as a corpsman with the 72nd Seabees from 1942 to 1946.

He owned and operated Oleson Pharmacy in Eudora from 1946 to 1970. He also worked at a pharmacy in Tonganoxie during his career.

Mr. Oleson was instrumental in locating a doctor for Eudora and building its first medical facility. He also founded Eudora Development, which paved the way for the Eudora Nursing Center.

He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Eudora.

He was a member of the Kansas State Board of Pharmacy for 64 years, Kansas Pharmacists Association and the American Legion Post No. 14 for 59 years. He was a charter member of the Eudora Lions Club and served on the Board of Directors at Kaw Valley Bank and Eudora Nursing Center.

Mr. Oleson was a member of the Eudora Board of Education for 19 years and served on the Eudora CPA Committee and Eudora Zoning and Planning Board.

He was named Citizen of the Year in 1997 and organized and implemented the Avenue of Flags at Eudora Cemetery.

He married Dorothea Ione Davidson June 1, 1941. She survives, of the home.

Other survivors include a daughter, Vicki Downing, Henderson, Nev.; a son, Trig, Eudora; a brother, Bus, Arkansas City; two grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.

Quisenberry Funeral Home in Tonganoxie handled arrangements.

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