On Saturday December 15, 2018, Kenneth John Olson of Falls Church, VA, entered into the arms of his Heavenly Father. He was 77 years old. Ken was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, the son of the late Susanna (Yano) Olson and Herbert Enoch Olson. While attending St. Augustine High School, Ken was an active member of the glee club. In June 1963, Ken married his beloved wife of 55 years, Judith Anne (Burkavage) Olson. While working full-time, Ken attended evening classes at St. Francis College in Brooklyn until he earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1968.
After finishing his degree, Ken and Judy lived briefly in Fairless Hills, PA and Pittsburgh PA before settling in Holland, PA for 15 years. During most of his career, Ken worked with technology and computers – first as a computer programmer, then as a system architect and technology department manager. He specialized in developing project management software and took great pride in creating automated resource-utilization algorithms to highlight critical project activities and resource conflicts. This unique skillset enabled Ken to work remotely and he ultimately followed his dream of learning to sail by moving to Annapolis, MD in 1987 and enjoyed being the captain his 28-foot J/boat “Red Stripe”, named after the famous Jamaican beer and a thin ribbon of red on the boat’s hull.
In his semi-retirement years, Ken taught computer programming classes at Anne Arundel Community College in Annapolis, MD and later at the University of Maryland. Over the years, Ken perfected his New York Times crossword puzzle capabilities and enjoyed playing the guitar and improving his golf game. During their golden years, Ken and Judy enjoyed traveling to many countries and chose Jacksonville, Florida for their retirement home in 2008 before recently relocating to an assisted living facility in Falls Church, VA.
Ken and Judy were active members of various Catholic parishes over the years: St. Bede (Holland, PA), St. Mary’s (Annapolis, MD), Our Lady Star of the Sea (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) and St. James (Falls Church, VA). Ken is survived by three of his four children, sons, Eric Robert Olson of Falls Church, VA and Mark Kenneth Olson (Karla) of Seattle, WA and daughter, Kristen Anne Pruitt (Greg) of Indianapolis, IN. A son, Timothy Patrick Olson, preceded Ken in death in January 2018. Ken is also survived by three younger brothers, Herbert (Joanne) Olson, Chester (Cathy) Olson and Gerard (Jeanne) Olson. A sister, Arlene Connor Gibson, and toddler brother, Martin, preceded Ken in death. Ken was a grandfather to five granddaughters and one grandson as well as an uncle to many nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be held on January 7th, 2019 at St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Va.