Olaf L. Olsen

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit OlsonBorn of Norwegian parents on a small farm near Petersburg Alaska, Olaf later came to Seattle in 1948.

He worked as a carpenter, realtor and inventor.

He had a passion for tinkering and innovation.

Olaf and his wife Dorothy lived in Kirkland, Wash.,  for 35 some years where they raised their two children before they built their dream home on their large estate in Paradise Valley near Woodinville.

Olaf and Dorothy were quite the dancing enthusiasts.   Having met on the dance floor in 1949, they  enjoyed square dancing, round dancing and more.

Olaf is survived by his son, Lloyd with grandsons Benn and Eric; daughter, Linda Koos with husband Steve Koos and grandsons Christopher and Mathew.

He was preceded in death (in order) by his parents Ole and Lisa Olsen, his brother Alfun and his beloved wife of 65 years Dorothy.

A memorial service dedicated to the celebration of Olaf and his wife will be held on Sunday, February 10, at the “Little Red Hen” in Seattle with a potluck and dance afterwards. This is where they most frequently danced.

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Please state how you know him and the time and directions will be sent to you.

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