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FORESTVILLE:  Harry W. Olsen, Jr., 60, of Bennett State Road, Forestville, died Monday, July 8th, at his residence, following a short illness.  He was born in Buffalo on June 22, 1953, the son of the late Harry W. and Margaret (Sugg) Olsen, Sr.

Mr. Olsen was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1972 and was co-owner of H. Olsen & Sons, Inc. Forestville.  He enjoyed shooting pool, bowling, was an avid Bills fan & avid puzzle fanatic.

Survivors include his wife Denise L. (Richter) Olsen, whom he had been together with for over 20 years, a daughter, Shannon Olsen, of Wisconsin, three brothers, Gerald (Sue) Olsen, Sr., of Forestville, Larsen (Deb) Olsen, of Irving, Glenn (Cheryl) Olsen, of Dunkirk, two sisters, Valerie (Larry) Robinson, of Forestville and Jackie (Ken) Kerstetter, of Forestville.  Also surviving are 2 grandsons Derrick Provenzano & Brandon Dykeman and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother Garry Olsen, Sr., a brother-in-law “Butch” Richter and by 2 best friends Nate Stevens and Rodney Greenough.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Saturday morning, at 11 o’clock.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the HOSPICE Chautauqua County, Inc. 20 W. Fairmount Avenue Lakewood, NY 14750 or to a Cancer Society of one’s choice.  To post condolences go to

6 Comments on Obituary Notice- Harry W. Olsen, Jr.

  1. dan harrington says:

    i have been friends with harry for years and i am sad to here this my condolences to all the olsens

  2. Jeff Schmitt says:

    Diana and I send our condolences. I have so many memories of great times and friendship with both Harry and Larsen. I looked up to Harry as he was a year older – typically the best ( most aggressive ) basketball player and all around leader during most of our early teen years. The year round ( mid winter ) basketball games played in Dominico’s barn – the dare devil adventures into the woods to find vines to swing on. The day a vine broke with Larsen suspended 20′ in the air causing him to crash land on his back. Etc – Etc. I am thankful to have been part of the small fraternity of Smithmill – king road and Olsen’s friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. God bless the Olsen family.

  3. Jeff Schmitt says:

    I wanted to mention that Diana’s maiden name is Abram and that knew Harry and Larsen as fellow alumni of Mt Carmel school.

  4. Greg Schmitt says:

    Our prayers for Harry and family. Such a great friend for so many years. Jeff hit on some of the best times. We did so appreciate Larsen (the youngest of all of us) for being the default vine tester. The summer basketball games at the old Holler barn, the creek and the advent of the stingray bicycle. We had our own little road gang. Add the Greenough boys with Tim D and we had 2 teams for any sport for every day. Harry was our best athlete and leader. Loved his sense of humor and his relationship with brother Larsen. So many good times and great memories. It was an honor being his friend. Thank you Harry and God Bless you.

  5. Roger Dykeman says:

    Sorry for the loss.God bless family and friends

  6. Donna Hahn says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. God bless you all.

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