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James H. Olson

Born: Fri., May 16, 1930
Died: Thu., Mar. 7, 2019


Memorial Service

11:00 AM Thu., Mar. 14, 2019
Location: Bethlehem Lutheran Church


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James H. Olson, age 88 of Chesterton passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2019. He was born on May 16, 1930, in Gary, Indiana to Louis and Stella Olson. On May 13, 1954, he married Lorelei Jones Sutley and her beautiful young children, Sherry and Clark Sutley. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorelei; daughter, Sherry; and grandson, Scott Needler. He is survived by son, Clark Sutley; daughters, Carol (Aubrey) Schulz, Laura (Carlos) Hualde, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren; brother Don (Sandy) Olson; brother-in-law Bill (Peggy) Jones and companion, Dorothy Meyers. He graduated from Chesterton High School in 1948 and Valparaiso University in 1952. He was drafted in the army during the Korean War and rose from Private to 1st Lieutenant in the Artillery. He retired from Inland Steel (Mittal) after 35 years of service. He was a system analyst who designed and installed many computers. While in college he belonged to TEKE fraternity. He had a deep interest in music. He sang in his high school choir, a barbershop chorus, and was a member of his church choir from age 16-86. He also played drums for the Westchester Highlanders Scottish Band. He enjoyed bowling, gardening and lawn care. He was a loyal and dedicated CHS Trojans Football, Cubs and Bears fan. Services will be held on Thursday, March 14 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2050 W. 1100 N., Chesterton. A luncheon will immediately follow the services in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, Jim has requested that donations be made to the local Meals on Wheels.

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