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Obituary, Lester (Les) Olds, 88


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Lester (Les) Olds

Lester (Les) Olds of Wrangell passed away on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. He was born in Seattle, Wash. on Dec. 15, 1925.

Les was a crewman aboard the heavy cruiser, the USS Portland, which fought in 18 major sea battles during World War II. He was the proud recipient of several military commendations, including a Purple Heart for sustaining an injury during an airstrike. He married the late Rita Mae Olds in 1951.

Les was a respected member of the community and touched many lives. As an avid outdoorsman, Les could frequently be found around town sharing stories of his hunting and fishing adventures. He was responsible for starting Little League baseball on Wrangell Island, helped construct the baseball field and served as the first Little League coach. He also believed strongly in education and served on the Wrangell School Board.

He is preceded in death by his son Kelly and siblings Laura, Keith and David Olds.

He is survived by his two sons, Roger and Clinton; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A service will be held at the Harborlight Assembly of God Church on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 3 p.m. A reception will be held at the same location immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.


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