Thomas Edward Olney

Aug. 25, 1917-Dec. 25, 2001

HERMISTON — Thomas Edward Olney died Dec. 25, at the Good Samaritan Center in Hermiston at the age of 84.

Thomas was born Aug. 25, 1917, in Hooker, Okla., to William C. and Millie Jewel (Moore) Olney. He grew up in Hooker and attended Lemmon School there.

On Dec. 13, 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. During World War II, he was stationed in Liverpool, England, and took part in the Normandy Invasion. He was later severely injured as a result of a land mine blast and returned to the United States where he was awarded the European Theater of Operations Ribbon, two Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the Purple Heart, the American Theater Ribbon, the Victory Medal and the Battle of Britain Medal. He was honorably discharged from the Army on Jan. 4, 1946.

He immediately took employment as a county deputy sheriff in Guyman, Okla. On July 7, 1947, he married Lena Lillian Ging. In the fall of 1948, he and his wife moved to Stanfield where they had lived since.

In 1948, Mr. Olney went to work at the Umatilla Army Depot where he worked as a laborer, leader, foreman and general foreman, retiring in 1973.

Thomas was an avid fisherman, rockhound and a member of the V.F.W. Desert Post No. 4750 in Hermiston.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lillian of Stanfield; daughters, Nancy Collyer of Hermiston and Linda Abbott of Redding, Calif.; and four grandchildren, Michael Findley of Stanfield, and Varonica, Donna and Jessica Abbott, all of Irrigon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Millie Olney; brother, Frank Olney; sisters, Alice Davis and Vanada Reiber; and a granddaughter, Connie Findley.

At his request, there will be no services. Disposition was by cremation. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Agape House in Hermiston. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.

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