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Information for Glenn Ballard Olsen
18 January, 1914 - 6 April, 1985
The Idaho Press-Tribune
April, 1985

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Glenn Olsen
    Military graveside services for Glenn Ballard Olsen, 71, of Grand View, who died Saturday, April 6, in a Boise nursing home, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Melba Cemetery with the Melba American Legion Post 126 officiating.
    Services and interment are under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa.
    Mr. Olsen was born Jan. 18, 1914, in Caldwell, to George and Winifred Ballard Olsen.  He was reared and educated in Melba, graduating from Melba High School.  He attended the College of Idaho.  After his schooling he farmed in Melba.  He entered the U.S. Navy on Jan. 31, 1944 and served during World War II.  He was honorably discharged on Dec. 16, 1945 and returned to Melba and his farming. 
    He married his wife Jeanine on Jan. 12, 1965, in Vancouver, Wash.  He owned and operated several businesses in Idaho, including the Banks One, restaurant and store in Banks; the 229 Club in Meridian; and the Black Sands Resort at C.J. Strike Dam.
    He retired in 1976 and had resided in the Grand View area since.  He helped start the Melba American Legion Post 126, where he was a charter member and its first commander.  He also was instrumental in starting the Melba Gun Club.  He was also a member of the Bruneau American Legion Post 83.
    He is survived by his wife of Grand View; three daughters, Lynne Zittle of San Jose, Calif., Pamela Gardner of Seattle, Wash., and Jody B. Olsen of Grand View; three stepdaughters, Georgia Kaye Henry of Minneapolis, Minn., Cindy Lee Rinner of Grand View and Sandra Jeanette Seamons of Bliss; one stepson, Grady Glenn Olsen of Twin Falls; one brother, Kenneth Olsen of Dyer, Nev.; and 13 grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
    Memorials may be made to the Melba American Legion Post 126, Melba or the Bruneau American Legion Post 83, Bruneau.

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