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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Bill Olson December 9, 1927 - February 11, 2013

Bill Olsen trolley modeler of Minneapolis, MN passed away on February 11, 2013. Bill had suffered with Parkinson’s disease for some years and it gradually caused weakness, loss of motor skills and even communication. 

Quoting Dick Stonner, "Bill was the kindest, most gentle guy I have known. I never saw him angry and whenever things were not going right his usual comment was ”Oh dear God!” He willingly gave of his time, skills, and money to many causes and was a generous supporter of the Minnesota Streetcar Museum and his church.

"He helped many new modelers with information, guidance, parts and kits from his vast stock of trolley stuff. All of us local modelers often gathered at his house for model work, videos and treats. He was the driving force behind the building of our twenty section O gauge trolley modules. He was very social and loved going out for lunch and sometime during the meal he would remark 'My, this is good.' Yep, food was a delight to Bill and oh yeah, dessert (which he called a trifle was always part of the occasion."

Bill would show up with small, well detailed O scale trolley layouts. The models ran perfectly on the layout. The scenery on the layout was so great, it was easy to forget you were watching  a layout 36" square or smaller.

Bill would always challenge you to do the same or better. We will all miss Bill. Please feel free to post any comments you may have about Bill Olson.

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