James Everett Olson, 78, 409 School Street Sheffield, died suddenly Monday August 20 at Warren General Hospital. Jim was born April 6, 1940 in Warren the son of the late Everett and Rachel Barr Olson. He has lived in Sheffield all of his life, he started working at an early age, handing out handbills from the Penn Theater ( movie theater) to each resident in the Sheffield area to earn his way into the movies. He also worked as a stock boy and later a sales clerk at the Sheffield Pharmacy, while attending high school.
Jim graduated from Sheffield High School in 1950 and briefly attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy until illness forced him to resign. He later returned as a sales clerk and was appointed comanager of the gift shop at Sheffield Pharmacy.
Jim was a Boy Scout first class in Troup 36 of Sheffield; a member of the Kane Chapter, Loyal Order of DeMolay, a 50 year member of North Star Lodge #241 F&AM, a 32 degree Mason Coudersport Consistory, where he was a member of the choir, A life Member pf the Warren County Shrine Club, member of the Zem Zem Shrine in Erie and former member of the ZemZem Clowns. He was lifelong member of the Bethany Lutheran Church, active in his younger years in Luther League, Jr. and Sr. Choir. Sunday School Teacher, Church Council, the church men’s group a member of the Bethany Lutheran Bible study.
On June 2, 1966, Jim began his career as a district sales representative for Lutheran Brotherhood Insurance Minneapolis, MN, serving the Warren and McKean counties and the Corry Area. In 1972 , he was appointed as an agent for Erie Insurance Group, Jim also sold real estate, part time for 20 years.
Jim retired from insurance in 2002, after 36 Ω years as an agent and broker. He spent the first 10 years wintering in Florida. He loved hiking and camping in his younger years, driving his 1973 Chevy Caprice Classic convertible, walking and collecting sea shell on the beach
Jim is survived by his wife Gloria Boutelle Olson, whom he married .October 30, 1976, in Lakewood ,NY. Two daughters Pamela (Jeff) Mcmillin, Boca Grande, Fla. Michele ( Aaron) Mattison, Muskego WI. And one son Brian (Michelle) Olson. Mars Pa. Three Grandsons Paul and Andrew Olson Mars, Pa. Connor Mattison Muskego, Wi. And one granddaughter Macy Mattison, Muskego WI. brotherin law, Don ( Michele) Boutelle Jr. Sheffield. One nephew, two nieces and three grand nieces. He was preceded in death in addition to his parents by a daughter, Sonya Kay Olson in May 19886 and an infant brother in June 1943.
Friends will be received at the Borden Funeral Home in Sheffield on Thursday August 23, from 4 to 8 pm. Members of the North Star Lodge 241 will be presenting the Masonic Memorial Service at 7:30 pm. A celebration of life will be held Friday August 24, at the Bethany Lutheran Church at 11:00 am with Pastor Paul Lubold officiating. Burial will be in the Sheffield Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial donations to the Shriners Hospital Unit, Erie Pa. The Sheffield Vol. Fire Department Ambulance Service, or the Bethany Lutheran Church.