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Joel B. Olsen


Joel B. Olsen

oel was born on Sept. 17, 1935 in Goldendale to Ort and Wilma Olsen. He grew up in a loving family and was joined by a brother, Marc, in June of 1938. He spent all his school years in Goldendale and graduated from GHS in 1954.

He went on to attend college at Western Washing College in Bellingham. After a brief period working at Boeing, Joel joined the army. After completing his service he joined with his childhood friend to form the logging company, WKO, in Carson, Wash. It later grew to include a number of mills. That would be his work for the rest of his life.

In 1963 Joel married Sally Bertham and to this union three children were born, Joel Jr., Wendy, and Molly. He spent the next 55 years at home with his family in Stevenson. He was ultimately blessed with eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

He died on August 31, 2016 in Portland with his wife and children at his bedside. He was preceded in death by his Mom and Dad. He is survived by his Wife, Sally, all his children and grandchildren and his brother, Marc. A service was held on Sept. 4 in Stevenson.


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