Egil Louis Olsen, 91, steamfitter, union leader


Egil Louis Olsen, a retired steamfitter who was active in Norwegian cultural organizations, died Tuesday of heart failure at Eastpoint Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was 91 and a longtime Timonium resident.

Mr. Olsen began his career as a steamfitter in the 1930s. He later was a foreman and superintendent of Steamfitters Local 438. He served on the union's board for 18 years and helped establish the pension fund. He retired in 1973.

He was born and reared in Larvik, Norway, where he was educated in public schools.

He served in the Norwegian Merchant Marine from 1926 to 1932, when he settled in Baltimore.

He was a member of Sons of Norway, Nordkap Lodge 215, and later was president of the Sons of Norway, visiting Norwegian communities and lodges worldwide.

He was also a member of the Norwegian-American Club and was a former treasurer of the Norwegian Seamens Church.

He was awarded the Freedom Medal by King Haakon VII of Norway in 1945 and the 1983 Leif Erickson Day Humanitarian Award.

He was married in 1932 to Marta Andersen, who died in 1990.

He was a member of Timonium United Methodist Church, where a memorial service was held Saturday.

He is survived by his wife of eight years, the former Mary Kern; two sons, Louis O. Olsen and Rolf R. "Chip" Olsen, both of Baltimore; two daughters, Martha O. Schult of Boise, Idaho, and Geraldine A. Meuser of St. Louis; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 2/22/99

Copyright © 2020, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad