Raymond Olson

Sep 04, 2018

Rockland — Raymond “Biscuit” Olson, 86, passed away peacefully with his family by his side Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, at the Knox Center after a period of declining health. Ray (as he liked to be called) was born April 26, 1932, in Clark Island to William O. Olson and Annie L. Wortham Olson.

Ray attended local schools and joined the Army, serving in the Korean War. Throughout Ray’s life, he worked as a laborer, both in the Rockland area as well as in Wisconsin. Ray took great pleasure in being a self-taught guitar and harmonica player. Ray enjoyed performing in a band at the “old Thorndike Hotel” playing country & western music. Ray also played on the morning show on the local radio station in Rockland, WKRD. One of Ray’s great accomplishments was that he got to play at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn.

Ray also enjoyed entertaining the residents at the Knox Center, where he played every Tuesday. Ray’s family said he was a very giving and sharing man, and was a “born entertainer.”

Ray was predeceased by his parents. Left to cherish his memory are his sisters, Lillian “Irene” Olson of Thomaston, Norma Schneider of Ashburg, Va., and Gloria Olson of Bayside, Wis.; his brothers, Carl and Roger Olson of Menomonee Falls, Wis.; along with the Melstrom family and many friends.

Ray’s family has requested that donations be made in his memory to the Knox Center Activities Fund, 6 White St., Rockland, ME. 04841

Ray’s family has chosen to honor his life privately, Ray will be laid to rest at the Maine Veterans’ Cemetery in Augusta at a time convenient.

Arrangements are with Hall’s of Thomaston. To extend online condolences, visit hallfuneralhomes.com.

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