Portage County

Kenneth W. Olds

Kenneth W. Olds, 77, Plover, passed away Monday evening Sept. 16, 2019 at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, surrounded by his loving family.

Ken was born August 29, 1942 in the Town of Carson, the son of Vernon and Virginia (Dean) Olds. He graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in 1960. Ken began working for Consolidated Papers Wisconsin River Division after high school. Ken entered the United States Army on June 24, 1964 and served his country as a PVT E-1. He was a Military Policeman in Saigon Vietnam. He earned the Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, also Marksman, and Sharpshooter. He was honorably discharged on June 23, 1970 from Milwaukee and returned to the Stevens Point area.

Ken married Alice Orlikowski on August 26, 1967 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. He retired from Consolidated Paper Wisconsin River Division in 2003. Ken had several positions while at the mill. He enjoyed his time as president of the union Local 359. Other interests were; bowling, golfing, camping and organizing family reunions for both the Dean and Olds family. Genealogy was a passion and together Ken and his Aunt Betty researched and published a book on the Dean family, and he was close but not able to complete another book on the Olds family.

Ken is survived by his wife Alice and their two daughters; Kerrie Niewiadomski and Kellie Olds, both of Stevens Point, four grandchildren; Dylan, Sierra, Dakota, Taylor (Fiancé, Damien Lenzo) and great grandson; Auden Lenzo. Four brothers; Ronald (Linda) Olds, Wisconsin Rapid; Wayne (Judy) Olds, Plover; Gary Olds (Mary Kosloski) Stevens Point; Terry (Barb) Olds of Stevens Point.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Krista.

A celebration of Life Service for Ken will be Thursday, Oct. 10 from 1- 4 p.m. at Shuda Funeral Home, 3200 Stanley Street. A private burial will take place at a later date.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Veterans Home – Ainsworth Hall dementia unit and Heartland Hospice for the care and support given to Ken and his family. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.shudafuneral.com

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