Thursday, July 30, 1998

Honest Olsen faced world
with go-getter attitude

By Debra Barayuga


Family and friends have never heard anything negative about Walter “Dutchy” Olsen -- known to acquaintances as “The Flying Dutchman” -- and the opposite also was true.

“Over the time I've known him, almost 45 years, I've never heard him say a bad word about anyone else,” said son-in-law Larry Johnson, Bank of Hawaii chief executive officer.

“He's probably the epitome of what you see is what you get.”

Olsen, considered by many as “Mr. Baseball” from the mid-1930s to the late '40s, died suddenly at his Nuuanu Valley home Monday. He was 84.

Olsen made his name in baseball, from his late teens until his thirties. He played during World War II against the 7th Air Force All Stars, which included major leaguers Joe DiMaggio, Pee Wee Reese and Ferris Fain.

He played for three different teams -- the Braves, Hawaiians and Wanderers in the Hawaii Baseball League -- and ended up being general manager of the league for several years.

He earned the nickname “The Flying Dutchman” while, as a Brave, he slid into a second baseman in an attempt to break up a double play.

“He knew he was going to be thrown out, but he went head first into the second baseman and

broke his wrist,” Johnson said. “It didn't bother him. It showed how competitive he was.”

Olsen served as director of the old Honolulu Stadium and ran the concessions for many years. For 40 years, he was owner and operator of Mothers Food Products.

He retired 15 years ago but remained active, golfing at the Oahu Country Club where he was a member.

Olsen shot his age three different times, including a 73 at age 73.

He also was a member of the Outrigger Canoe Club and past president of the Honolulu Quarterback Club.

“Dutchy was happy-go-lucky, always cheerful and very gung-ho,” said Earl Galdeira, also a past president who credits Olsen with getting him to join the Quarterback Club. “I can still hear us guys laughing and stomping on the ground. He was just a great guy to be around with.”

“If I brought you and he met you for the first time, he'd put his arm on your shoulder and say ‘Where have you been all my life?'”.

Olsen grew up in Kalihi, the oldest of four children. His father was a blacksmith but died when Olsen was 15. As the oldest, he took responsibility for keeping the family together. He shined shoes, dove for coins off Pier 11 and hawked newspapers.

He met his wife, the former Mary Felix, at the old Princess Theater downtown and married her in 1937. They had been married 60 years.

As a young boy, he would go to the old Central YMCA at Alakea and King Street, rent a locker and towel for 15 cents and spend the day there. One day a man offered him free membership for a year. Although he never learned the man's identity, Olsen never forgot the man's gesture and became a supporter of the YMCA -- particularly for underprivileged kids who couldn't afford a membership, Johnson said.

The family requests no flowers. Instead, donations can be sent to

the Walter “Dutchy” Olsen Memorial Fund at the Nuuanu YMCA.

Besides his wife, Olsen is survived by daughters Claire Johnson, Charlene Eveleth and Amelia Andrade; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services: 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Stephen Church, 2747 Pali Highway. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: 10:45 a.m. at Diamond Head Memorial Park.

Bullet James Calabrese, 61, of Honolulu, a retired real estate broker, died July 20 in Straub Hospital. Born in Chicago, he is survived by son James Callan; daughters Lisa Kinser, Laura Burke and Mary E. Calabrese; sister Beatrice Kent; and five grandchildren. Private services.

Bullet Myrna Cano-Kaulia, 56, of Waianae, died Friday at home. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by sons Edwin Jr., Ervine and William Ho‘ohuli and Reginald “Reggie” Cano; daughters Angela Baker, Edwina Kahikina and Debra Gayle; mother Annie Wright; brothers Frank Cano Jr. and Alex Gaspar; sisters Rhoda Anderson, Patricia MacAneny, Janette Loomis, Dolores Manuel and Donna Mae Gaspar; and 10 grandchildren. Services: 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Waianae Pentecostal Faith Mission Church. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 10 a.m. Monday at the church. Call from 9 a.m. to noon. Burial: Sunset Cemetery. Casual attire.

Bullet Hiram “Hailama” Carmichael, 59, of Wahiawa, a plant supervisor for the Waipahu Incinerator, died July 22 in St. Francis-West Hospital. Born in Wahiawa, he is survived by wife Lillian G.; sons Michael K. Apau and Hiram K. Carmichael; daughter Dorian L.; brothers Daniel, Lawrence and Walter; sisters Helen Kalulu, Violet Carmichael and Laura Adair; and three grandchildren. Memorial services: 1 p.m. Sunday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after noon. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Bullet Trinidad S. Castillo, 83, of Hawi, Hawaii, died Sunday in Hilo Hospital. She is survived by sons Benjamin and Carlos; daughters Marci Bolos, Louisa Fuellas, Loretta Dante, Felisa Mostoles and Anita Meada; 28 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church, Hawi. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Henry J. Chong, 74, of Ewa Beach, who retired as an electrician technician after 35 years with the federal government, died July 18 in St. Francis-West Hospital. He was also a merchant seaman and a U.S. Army veteran. Born in Hana, Maui, he is survived by wife Virginia; sons Russell and Ricky; daughter Renee K. Medeiros; brother Wayne Mitchell; sisters Frances Dunnam, Theresa M. Ranne and Tabitha B. Wong; and 11 grandchildren. Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 91-1004 North Road., Ewa Beach. Call after 9:30 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Francisco V. Degollado, 88, of Honolulu, a retired carpenter, died last Thursday in St. Francis Hospital. Born in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, he is survived by nephew Avelino and niece Evelyn Blas. Services: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Bullet Harold Dillingham Jr., 86, of Honolulu, former owner of Honolulu Book Shops, died Saturday in Straub Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by sons Kenneth and Theodore; daughter Catherine “Heidi” Caverly; brother Peter; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Graveside services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Valley of the Temples. Casual attire. Donations suggested to Hawaiian Railway Society, 91-1001 Renton Road, Ewa Beach, HI 96706.

Bullet Severino D. Eugenio, 84, of Honolulu, died July 14. Born in Pangasinan, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Leonora C.; sons Rudy, Elias, Eddie, Jesus and Roman; daughters Wilhelmina Bernas, Consolacion Galsim, Aurora Tapit, Erlinda Glusenhko and Yolanda Eugenio; and 20 grandchildren. Services in the Philippines.

Bullet Clifford H. Matsuda, 51, of Kahului is survived by brother David T., no sister. Incorrect information for an obituary published Tuesday provided by the mortuary.

Bullet Carolyn Miller, 39, of Las Vegas, a special services representative at Sprint Telephone Co., died Monday in Honolulu. Born in San Diego, she is survived by father Donald, sisters Chris Estes and Susan Miller, brother Michael and hanai child Sweetie. Private services.

Bullet Sueko Nagai, 94, of Waianae, died Sunday in St. Francis Hospice. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by sons Richard H. and Bert H.; daughters Pearl K. Nagata and Karen M. Chung; brother Herbert R. Kawamoto; sister Joyce N. Kawamoto; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Services: noon Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Dorothy Ann Y.H. “Ann” Ninomiya, 45, of Honolulu, a commodities specialist and statistician for the state Department of Agriculture, died Saturday. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by husband Alan, sons David and Daniel, and sister Marian Chun. Private services.

Bullet Raymond M. Oyama, 66, of Kailua, a retired police officer, died Friday in Kailua. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Florence; daughters Sandra Oyama-Yuen, Robyn McKnight and Raynette Oyama; sister Dell Kikuchi; and four grandchildren. Services: 11:45 a.m. Monday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 10:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.

Bullet Austin M.M.L. Rapoza, infant son of Scott and Harriet “Haliaka,” died July 22 in Kapiolani Hospital. He is also survived by sister Morgan; brother Hunter; grandparents Harriet and Anthony “Tony” Mamone, Gerald Braun, and Norbert and JoAnn Rapoza; and great-grandmothers Rose Napoleon and Anna Mamone. Services: noon Saturday at Ke Kilohana Oka Malamalama, 554 Manono St. in Hilo. Call after 9 a.m. Casual attire.

Bullet Harry Reese Sr., 88, of Waianae died Monday in St. Francis-West Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by sons Harry Jr. and Rudy; daughter Winona Kukona; brother Arthur; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Sunday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 9:30 a.m. Monday at the mortuary. Call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Bullet Agnes Simao, 75, of Honolulu died Tuesday in Castle Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by brother Walter and sister Alice Jordan. Mass: 9 a.m. tomorrow at St. Ann Church in Kaneohe. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Bullet Ludvina Sylvester, 96, of Honolulu died Tuesday in Honolulu. Born in Makawao, Maui, she is survived by sons James, Charles, Manuel, Philip and Anthony; daughters Paulette Sylvester, Angela McKee, Louise Burnes, Clotilde Norman, Veronica Alameida, Bernadette Griffin and Gloria Murray; 44 grandchildren; 76 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great- grandchildren. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Monday at Star of the Sea Church. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Bullet Peggy An Rha Tobita, 66, of Aiea, a retired hostess and waithelp at Hawaiian Hut, died Sunday at home. Born in Seoul, Korea, she is survived by sons Daniel T.M. and Jacob T.H. Choy and Clifford T.C. Tobita; sister Kathy Hyon Soon Ball; and six grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Monday at University Avenue Baptist Church, 2305 University Ave. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Bullet Juanita N. Webb, 76, of Waianae, died Friday in Honolulu. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by sons Arthur White and Dock and Dana Bolton; daughters Julie Ann Makekau, Sheila Bright and Faith Furtado; brothers and sisters; 23 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services: 5 p.m. next Thursday at Church of God, 87-895 Ehu St. in Waianae. Aloha attire.

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