Colonel John E. Olson – Obituary

Colonel John E. Olson, longtime resident of Lake Quivira, passed away  on October 2, 2012, at the age of 94.
Colonel Olson and his wife Muffy, with their five children, Eric, Jackie, Suzy, Randy and Mike, arrived at Lake Quivira in 1967 after his retirement from the Army as a colonel.
He was a graduate of West Point, class of 1939, who served heroically in the Philippines in World War II, earning the Silver Star in combat. He survived the Bataan Death March, was the record keeper at Camp O’Donnell, then endured three and a half year of prison in Osaka, Japan.
He had a lifelong passion for history. After retiring from Black and Veatch Engineers in the early 1980’s he wrote three books about his war experiences, including, “O’Donnell: Andersonville of the Pacific.”
He also wrote the definitive history of Lake Quivira.

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