Carl Henry Olsen, Chief Warrant Officer 4, USCG (ret), 83 of Florence, SC died from post-surgery complications, October 14, 2017 at McLeod Hospice House.
He was the husband of Maxine Carol Olsen and very proud father of Mary Jane Slavin (Denver, Co), Robert Ontjes (Raleigh, NC) and daughter Juli Olsen (Raleigh, NC). Born in City Island, the Bronx, NY on October 7th, 1934, Carl is the son of the late Captain Henry E. Olsen (Kolding, Denmark) and Pearl V. Olsen (Chippewa Lake, MI).
Carl joined the USCG in October 1953 as a small arms Gunners Mate; retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CWO4). His Coast Guard career included assignments as range enlisted officer, located in the basement of the US Treasury Building (DC) where he instructed FBI, Secret Service, DC Metro Police, White House Police and other law enforcement personnel in pistol marksmanship. He enjoyed being a member of the USCG & White House Pistol Teams and had the distinct honor to provide President John F. Kennedy pistol lessons. Other assignments included several trips to Antarctica aboard the USCG Cutter Glacier. He furthered his career as a Special Agent, US Coast Guard Investigative Service and later as a Marine Safety Officer, Wilmington, NC where he retired from the U.S. Coast Guard with 31 years of service.
Carl enjoyed life after the Coast Guard with his golfing buddies as he moved about the US to Raleigh (NC), Tucson (AZ), Dothan (AL), Tampa (FL) and settling in Florence, SC.
Carl’s positive attitude, easy going nature and big heart gave so much to many. He will be truly missed by family all who knew him.
Besides his wife, son & daughters, Carl leaves behind 5 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren.
The family will respect and celebrate his life privately. Tributes to Carl’s life can be made at Cain Calcutt-Stephens Funeral Home website (www.cainfuneralhome.com).
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Submitted by AM on Nov 2 2017 03:14:21 PM
What a kind and gentle man. I first met Carl when he came to our home after playing a round of golf with my husband. He made you a friend immediately upon meeting you and over the years he and his lovely wife Maxine became special friends. The last time I visited Carl was about a week before his death. He was unable to speak at that time but his smile was broad and wide and his blue eyes twinkled. I talked, he smiled and squeezed my hand, and I was blessed just by visiting with him. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Maxine and his family.
Submitted by Martha Collier on Oct 15 2017 01:13:46 PM
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