Jerrold 'Jerre' Olson

Posted: Sunday, August 17, 2008

Juneau resident Jerrold "Jerre" Olson died Aug. 14, 2008, in Juneau, from complications following a stroke. He was 91.

Born June 13, 1917, in Strum, Wis., he moved to Los Angeles area in 1943 and began working in Alaska in summer 1944. He ran the pink salmon research station at Little Port Walter on Baranof Island from 1946 to 1960.

In 1960, he moved to Juneau and began working at the Auke Bay National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Laboratory, retiring in 1979.

During his retirement, he enjoyed traveling the world, fishing and photography, as well as many trips to visit his family and wonderful lifelong friends, his family said.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Bette Olson, of Auke Bay; daughters, Jette (Olson) Schuh and husband, Rick, of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Kari (Olson) Crane and husband, Jerry, of Pecatonica, Ill.; sisters, Gunhild O'Brien, of Eau Claire, Wis., and Ina Olson, of Strum; grandchildren, Kelsie Crane, Eric Schuh, Jordyn Crane, Brian Schuh and Morgan Crane; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be a memorial service at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 740 West 10th St. A reception will follow. Memorials may be made to the Resurrection Lutheran Church in his name.



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