E.J. "Ed" Olson

E.J. "Ed" Olson, 92, went to be with the Lord Feb. 26, 2013. He was a longtime Destin resident. He was born on Minneapolis, Minn., on Jan. 18, 1921. He worked as a lineman for Bell Telephone.

In 1943 he entered the Army and became an Airborne Infantry Unit Commander. He was in the 82nd and 17th Airborne Divisions. He served in England, Belgium, France,
Luxembourg, and Germany. After the war he managed a restaurant on the French Riviera for the returning troops. In 1949 he went to work for Flexsteel Industries, an upholstered furniture manufacturer. He was involved in various sales and marketing activities for 38 years while with Flexsteel. He retired to the Destin area in 1987 where he enjoyed golf with his wife and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Beverly, and parents, E.J. Sr. and Kathryn Olson.

He is survived by his sons, Richard and Raymond (wife Angela); sister, Janet Meany; granddaughters, Alyssa Olson and Amanda Barnett; nephews, John and Robert Meany; and nieces, Ann Meany and Kathryn Wilson.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. March 5 at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin. He will be entombed at Bayview Memorial Park in Pensacola.

Funeral arrangements were made by Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, NY 10065 or www.mskcc.org or 212-639-2000.

Major William F. G. Harrison

Major William F. G. Harrison, born on Dec. 3, 191,7 in Baltimore Md., passed away Feb. 24, 2013, at his home in Destin.

His 20 years of service in the U.S. Army took him to Japan where he witnessed the bombing of Hiroshima. He also served in the Korean War from 1950 1953. After his honorable discharge he worked in Civil Service as an instructor teaching missiles at Redstone Arsenal.

He retired in Destin. For the last 25 years, his ailing health required care in his home by his wife and for the last three years by Covenant Hospice. The family wishes to thank Dr. Fletcher, George, his nurse, his C.N.A. Jane and 'Miss Addie,' Lakisha, Sindel, Andrea, Dorothy, Deborah, Evelyn and Susan, his social worker, for their loving care. We are also want to thank James, his volunteer, and Tom, his friend, for being there whenever needed.

He is survived by his wife, Karin; sister-in-law, Mia and husband; nephews, Woodward Hartmann and George Treulieb; and Joe, his little faithful poodle. He will be missed by Donna and family and many friends.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. March 9 at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Covenant Hospice, Fort Walton Beach.