James A. Olson, 57, of Grand Island, NY and Niagara Falls native, passed away on Friday, June 9th, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Born in Buffalo, NY, he is the son of Eugene and the late Agnes (Danielson) Olson.
James married his loving wife, Ellen M. (Wendt), on March 16, 1996 at the North Presbyterian Church in North Tonawanda, NY. He attended local schools and graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1977. He also obtained his Bachelors degree of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology from the Ohio Institute of Technology in Columbus, Ohio in June of 1981; and later obtained his Masters degree in Communication from Canisius College in 2002
James enlisted into the United States Air Force and attended officer training school at Lakeland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where he graduated as a Second Lieutenant in 1984. In 1985, he joined the 914 Airlift Wing lift and served in the Reserves as a civil engineer squadron, communications flight commander, support group deputy commander, as well as an airlift wing inspector general. After 23 years of dedicated service to the United States Air Force, Mr. Olson was honorably discharged in 2007, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Jim began his work career in 1985 at the New York Telephone Company as an Engineer. He continued to work as an outside plant engineer, construction foreman, and engineer and construction manager throughout the area. He also held in various positions at Nynex, Bell Atlantic and Verizon, where he recently retired from in May of 2017. James was also longtime member of the Chamber of Commerce in Niagara Falls.
In Jims leisure time, he lived for the times spent outdoors by the water. He was an avid boater and fisherman; and also enjoyed reading.
In addition to his wife and father, James is survived by his children, Traci (Shawn) Clemens, Ashley (Brandon) Morris, Christopher (Jaime) Olson, Robert Dixon; and was predeceased by his daughters, Suni Lee (late James) Music, Toni Olson and his granddaughter Mylee Marie Music. James was the grandfather of Shelby and Corey Jahn, Christopher, Dillon and Hayley Olson, Brielle and Connor Morris; brother of Alan (late Holly) Olson, John (QinQin Li) Olson and Gregory (Joanne) Olson; and son-in-law of Marilyn (late Robert Wendt) (Robert) Ventry. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation will be held on Monday, June 12th from 3 8 P.M. at the M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10 A.M. in Holy Family Parish at Mt. Carmel Church, 27th and Independence Avenue, Niagara Falls. Interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery with Military Honors. If desired, memorial offerings may be made to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd, Cheektowaga, NY 14227.
Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for guest register.
Published on June 10, 2017