George E. Olsen, 82, of Calverton, formerly of Smithtown, passed away on October 20, 2017.
Beloved husband for 56 years of Carolee. Loving father of Jennifer and Chris. George began a
long and decorated service career in 1954 in the United States Naval Construction Battalion
Reserves, better known as the SeaBees, a battalion of construction tradesmen capable of any
type of construction and trained to drop their tools and take up their weapons at a moment’s notice.
In 1958 he entered the Nassau County Police Department, where he served as a patrolman until
1960, when he was drafted by the United States Army. Olsen was promoted directly from basic
training to The Honor Guard, 3rd U.S. Infantry, known as “The Old Guard.” He participated in
wreath-laying ceremonies at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery,
Virginia, marched in President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural parade, and performed as part of
the U.S. Army Drill Team, executing precision routines with bayonet-tipped rifles. His Army
service was completed in 1962, at which point he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and
returned to Nassau Police headquarters in Mineola, where he remained for 23 years, serving in
highway patrol, fatal accident investigation, and ultimately fingerprinting, retiring in 1981. In
addition, George was a professional carpenter - he built the house in which he raised his family
and ran a successful cabinetry business with a reputation for creating fine and lasting home
furnishings. Later in his building career, he switched from wood to metal, becoming a CNC
machinist and mastering the technology used to help build enormous geodesic dome structures.
In his free time, George was an avid fisherman and enjoyed boating and fishing the Long Island
Sound with his family and friends. Viewings will be held on Tuesday, October 24, at Tuthill-Mangano
Funeral Home, 406 East Main Street, Riverhead. Visiting hours will be from 2-4pm & 7-9pm.
A prayer service will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday at 8pm. George will be laid to rest
Wednesday in Calverton National Cemetery with Military Honors. Family and friends will meet at the
Funeral home at 12noon on Wednesday and a procession will follow to Calverton National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to East End Hospice/Kanas Center in Quogue.