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George Olds, Sr. – Funeral services for former Hartford volunteer firefighter and auto
mechanic George Olds Sr., 90,
of 142 Washington, Hartford,
who died Saturday [April 13, 1985], were scheduled for 2 p.m.
today at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford.
Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery,
Hartford. Memorials may be made to the Hartford Volunteer Fire
Department or the Hartford Federated Church, of which he was a
Mr. Olds was born Dec. 22,1894, in Hartford. He served as a
Hartford volunteer firefighter for 38 years before retiring as a
lieutenant in 1964. In 1975, he retired from the Hartford Public
Schools where he worked as a mechanic on school buses. While
employed by the school district, he initiated proposals to have
two-way radios installed in the buses. He was one of Hartford’s
pioneer auto mechanics, who began working at the age of 14 and
later built his own garage.
He was the son of the late Hartford veterinarian Dr. George
Olds. Survivors include: his wife, the former
whom he married Nov. 11,1917, in Hartford; two sons — Arthur
Olds of Utica and George P. Olds Jr. of Kalamazoo; three
daughters — Mrs. Paul (Helen) Richter of Hartford, Mrs. Henry
(Peggy) Benham of Hartford and Betty L. Olds of Grand
Rapids; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two
sisters — Mrs. Claire (Marion) Mahoney of Kalamazoo and Mrs.
Renew Hawkins of Alma.
Thornburg, 92, of 102 S. East St.,
Hartford, died Friday [March 15, 1985] at Little Company of Mary
Hospital, Torrance, Calif., where he was visiting relatives.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at
Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where friends may call Wednesday
from 7-9 p.m. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery,
Hartford, with rites conducted by the American Legion Stoddard
Post 93, Hartford, of which he was a lifetime member. [He
served in the
Army National Guard
Mr. Thornburg was born Aug. 23, 1892, in Cedar Bluff,
Survivors include: a daughter, Mrs. Albert (Evelyn)
Touey of Hemit, Calif.; two sons – Henry S. of Baldwin Mich. and
George W. of Hartford, with whom he made his home; 11
grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and six
great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife,
Mary Pansy, March 30, 1972 and son
Lawrence Clifton (Buddy) Thornburg on March 18, 1985.
NOTE: Frank is the
grandfather of the webmaster, Emma Thornburg Sefcik.
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