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JULY 26, 1935 -- APRIL 6, 2005

Carl J. Olson Sr., who sold concrete and building supplies, died Wednesday in his Lewiston home under the care of Niagara Hospice. He was 69.

Born in Rockford, Ill., Mr. Olson lived in Lewiston the past 40 years.

He attended high school in Rockford, enlisted in the Army in 1955 and was stationed in France. He served in the New York National Guard until 1963.

After leaving the Army, Mr. Olson went to work as a laborer for Uhl, Hall & Rich, engineers on the Niagara Power Project. He also worked for Empire Builders Supply, selling ready-mix concrete and building materials.

For a while, he owned a clothing store called Olson's in Lewiston but returned to selling concrete and building supplies with Empire, Clarence Materials, Pine Hill Concrete and La Farge Corp. He retired in 2001.

Mr. Olson was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Youngstown. He was active in the Niagara County Builders Association and named the organization's Man of the Year in 1991.

He enjoyed golf and was a member of Niagara Frontier Country Club in Youngstown.

Survivors include his wife, the former Marie R. Klein, whom he married in 1961; two daughters, Lori Sosenko of Wheatfield and Deborah Lytle of Lewiston; two sons, Donald of Peru, Ill., and Carl J. Jr. of Las Vegas; a brother, Bruce E. Horan of Warwick, R.I.; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. John's Lutheran Church, 420 Lockport St., Youngstown. Private burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.


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