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Theodore Olson

January 5, 1938 ~ February 7, 2017 (age 79)

Theodore G. Olson, 79, was called to God on Feb. 7, 2017 at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, near his home in Franklin, after a long battle with cancer.

Theodore Gunnar Olson, was born on Jan. 5, 1938 in Concord, the son of Gunnar and Emily (Hall) Olson. He graduated from New Boston High School and joined the Navy in 1955. He made a career of the Navy spending 20 years actively serving in both Asia and Europe, retiring in 1974 as a Chief Petty Officer. After the Navy, he spent time with Bell Helicopter International instructing helicopter mechanics in Iran.

Once back in New Boston, he served as town selectman for numerous terms. His last job was with the State of NH DOT where he served as a dispatcher. He retired in 2005, residing in Franklin, NH.

He married Elizabeth Hunter in 1959 and they raised a son and daughter. Theodore was remarried in 1999 to Barbara (Vartanian) Brandano and moved to Franklin in 2003 and was heavily involved in the local community working with Franklin United Methodist Church and also volunteered at Franklin Regional Hospital. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening and internet technology.

His family paid this tribute to him, “Ted was a proud American who served his family, community, and country faithfully. There wasn’t a more generous and thoughtful individual. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and community.”

Mr. Olson if preceded in death by Elizabeth Hunter and is survived by his wife, Barbara Olson and children, Sherry L. Makepeace and Marc T. Olson, 4 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, stepchildren, Daniel Q. Brandano and Christine DeFelice, and 2 step grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-9 pm at Thibault-Neun Funeral Home, 143 Franklin St., Franklin. Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10 am in the funeral home.

Burial with Military Honors will Wednesday, Feb.15 at 2:00 in Maple Grove Cemetery, Concord.

Donations in memory of Mr. Olson may be made to Wounded Warriors’ and Disabled American Veterans.

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