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Norvell Leon Olson

November 27, 1925 - December 15, 2000

The Norman Transcript
December 19, 2000

Norvell Leon Olson, 75, died Friday, Dec.15. Services were held Monday at the McCafferty-Bolick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joe Howard officiating. Burial was at the Tonkawa IOOF Cemetary.

Mr. Olson was born Nov. 27, 1925, on a farm near Lamont to Foster Bee Olson and Moree C. (Black) Olson. The family moved to Tonkawa, where Mr. Olson attended school and graduated from Tonkawa High School.

Swede, as he was known to his friends, played center on the Tonkawa High School Buccaneers football team. He also played center for Oklahoma State University, Northern Oklahoma College and Northwestern Oklahoma State University football teams.

During World War II, he served in the navy in the Pacific Theatre amphibi- ous operations, the assault and capture of Iwo Jima, Volcano Island, Okinawa, Ryukuss Islands, and the occupation of Aomori, Honshu, Japan. He served on the USS Bayfield with the 5th Division 5th Jasco Marine Corp. He participated in a 50th anniversary Commemoration of the Iwo Jima for Oklahoma Iwo Jima veterans, held at the state capitol on Feb. 27, 1995, and he enjoyed the Iwo Jim Survivors Association meetings in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Mr. OLson was employed in public schools as a teacher, coach, junior high principal, high school principal, superintendent of schools and counselor. He retired after 43 years in education as a counselor in the Norman school district.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy (Ellis); two children, Sandra Nemeth of Houstan, and Foster Olson of Norman; a grandchild, Samantha Nemeth of Houstan; his mother, Moree Olson of Tonkawa; and a sister, Donnice Snow of Oklahoma City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tonkawa Education Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1, Tonkawa, Ok. 74653.

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