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Alf T.H. Oleson

1916-2004

December 2, 2004

No services are planned for Alf T.H. "Ole" Oleson, 88, Eudora. He was cremated.
Mr. Oleson died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, at his home.
He was born Nov. 15, 1916, in Independence, Mo., the son of Arild and Eva Oleson.
He grew up in Wichita and Belle Plain and graduated from Belle Plain High School. He graduated from Kansas University School of Pharmacy in 1940.
Mr. Oleson served in the United States Navy as a corpsman with the 72nd Seabees from 1942 to 1946.
He owned and operated Oleson Pharmacy in Eudora from 1946 to 1970 and had many clients in the De Soto area. He also worked at the pharmacy in Tonganoxie during his career.
Mr. Oleson was instrumental in locating a doctor for Eudora and building its first medical facility. He also founded Eudora Development, which paved the way for the Eudora Nursing Center.
He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Eudora.
He was a member of the Kansas State Board of Pharmacy for 64 years, Kansas Pharmacists Association and the American Legion Post No. 14 for 59 years. He was a charter member of the Eudora Lions Club and served on the Board of Directors at Kaw Valley Bank and Eudora Nursing Center.
Mr. Oleson was a member of the Eudora Board of Education for 19 years and served on the Eudora CPA Committee and Eudora Zoning and Planning Board.
He was named Citizen of the Year in 1997 and organized and implemented the Avenue of Flags at Eudora Cemetery.
He married Dorothea Ione Davidson June 1, 1941. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include a daughter, Vicki Downing, Henderson, Nev.; a son, Trig Oleson, Eudora; a brother, Bus Oleson, Arkansas City; two grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.
Two brothers, Harold Oleson and Bud Oleson, and a sister, Ruby Henshaw, preceded him in death.
Quisenberry Funeral Home in Tonganoxie was in charge of arrangements.

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