Oscar O. “Ole” Ohlsson Jr., 87, Naperville, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at Seasons Hospice Home, Naperville.
He was born March 28, 1926 in Galveston, Texas, the son of Oscar O. and Alice Nadine Ohlsson Sr.
Oscar attended Waco Texas High School and went on to attend Texas A & M University for two years until his education was interrupted by service in the U.S. Navy.
He returned to Texas A & M after his two years in the Navy, serving in the Pacific on the USS Argonne.
Oscar earned his B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Texas A & M University and his M.S. from Southern Methodist University in Mechanical Engineering.
His career involved employment with Boeing Aerospace and General Dynamics, Ft. Worth, Texas, where he was responsible for several major top secret aircraft projects for the government.
In 1962 he accepted a position with NASA in Houston, Texas, as a branch chief with the Apollo Project.
After the Apollo projects were completed, he went on to assist Martin Marietta (Denver) in their Mars Lander Mission which was completed successfully.
After his tenure with the aerospace industry, he joined Argonne National Laboratory, Darien, remaining there for over 20 years as program manager researching renewable energy alternatives.
He received several awards for his work at Argonne, one of which was presented to him by President H. W. Bush for successfully completing the first project under the Cooperative Research and Development Project (CRADA) between the government and the laboratory.
During his career, Oscar authored and co-authored more than 80 publications and patents.
He was deeply committed to his work in the U.S. Space Program and the U.S. scientific community for alternative fuels.
In retirement Oscar enjoyed traveling the world with his wife and continued to consult for the American Plastics Institute on a part time basis.
Oscar was a member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Naperville.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Valdean; daughter, Carol Gilbreth; son, David (Tammy) Ohlsson; grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister, Lois C. Ohlsson; and several other family members and friends.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 8 at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. Seventh St., Oregon, with Rev. David Miller officiating.
Burial was at Ebenezer Cemetery, rural Oregon.
Memorials may be directed to Seasons Hospice, Naperville, or Pinecrest Manor, Mt. Morris.
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