Gary P. Olsen, age 50 of North Kingstown, passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. He was the beloved husband of Tracy L. (Theroux) Olsen for 28 years. Born in Warwick, he was a loving son of Larry P.J. Olsen and the late Catherine L. (Dugas) Harris; step-son of Deborah A. (Chamberlain) Olsen; and son-in-law of Linda D. (Tucker) Theroux.
A U.S. Army combat veteran, Gary served a tour in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was an infantryman and was awarded the USAF Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and NATO Medal, before his honorable discharge from active duty in 2012. He was a member of the Rhode Island Army National Guard and North Kingstown VFW Post #152.
Gary was employed by Bostitch for over 15 years before his current employment with Toray Plastics. He worked hard to provide for his family who loved him dearly. Gary enjoyed the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, and boating. He loved his friends and family with a passion, and in return, was loved by many.
He was the devoted father of Tristan P. Olsen, Justin L. Olsen, and Marissa J. Olsen; and caring brother of Renee L. Ashman and her husband, Robert, Lori J. Theroux, and Jason P. Olsen. Gary is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held from 5 pm – 7 pm on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 in the Fagan-Quinn Funeral Home, 825 Boston Neck Road, North Kingstown.
Gary’s funeral will be private. His interment will be in the Rhode Island Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Exeter where military funeral honors will be rendered in recognition of his honorable and faithful service to this country.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to K9 Partners for Patriots, a non-profit organization that helps change lives of veterans and active military suffering with PTSD through their service dog training program, or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Rhode Island Chapter, will be appreciated.
The funeral director and staff will be monitoring capacity and safety protocols. Face coverings are respectfully required, and social distancing will be observed.