Obituary of Warren Lee Olsen (1921 – 2021) – Logan, UT
Warren was born at his home in Young Ward, Utah, and raised on the family farm where he learned the value of hard work and honesty.
He married Barbara Wood of Logan, Utah on February 15, 1942 and raised 2 sons, Roger and Jeffrey while living in Ogden, Utah after returning from World War II where he was posted to the 66th Division (Black Panther Division ) serving in France with the unit and involved in the pushback of the German offensive in the Ardennes and other areas. While there, Warren was injured when a German Panzer tank shot at him and another soldier as they inspected the unit’s communications wires. His main unit with the division was in the artillery which continued as a life-long partnership through artillery units of the Utah National Guard and retired in the rank of Master Sgt and a total of 35 years of service.
After returning from the war, Warren worked to graduate from Weber State College and was building his own house with Barbara on Canyon Road in Ogden. He joined the Bureau of Reclamation and worked on a number of projects in the Utah area to include the Willard Dike Reservoir and Lost Creek. After retiring from the Bureau, Warren was transferred to Ogden’s Defense Depot, also known locally as “2nd Street” and worked there until he could retire. He then began working for Utah State Construction Projects and eventually took a job with Ogden Town Schools as a Bus Driver for Special Events and Children with Needs specials.
At 87, he quit his daily job and continued to live in the house he and Barbara built, raising their sons there. Life members of Ogden’s 21st Ward, Warren and Barbara served, but asked. Barbara, because of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ emphasis on genealogy, became an excellent genealogist long before automated systems. His work served as the basis for much of the family’s online genealogy now available on the Olsen and Wood families.
After his retirement, Warren would accompany his younger brother Christian on his 18-wheel back and forth between Logan and California and back. He enjoyed traveling as it allowed him to meet his younger brother, who was quite young when Warren left home to get married and also travel to WWII.
Warren was an elder in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was sealed to Barbara, his lifelong sweetheart, in the Houston temple.
He is survived by his 2 sons, Jeffrey and Roger, as well as his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Barbara, his parents and his 5 siblings.
Funeral services are under the direction of Allen-Hall Mortuary and will take place on Thursday, October 14, 2021 starting at 3 p.m. at Smithfield City Cemetery. A tour will take place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 East Center Street in Logan. Condolences can be expressed online at www.allenmortuaries.net
Posted by Allen-Hall Mortuary on October 13, 2021.