HULSEY, Olen “Olie” Andrew, Jr.
TUCSON- Longtime Tucson resident, Olie Hulsey passed away, Saturday, October 20, 2018, at the age of 88. He was surrounded by loved ones in his final days, and died peacefully with his loving wife, and devoted dog, by his side.
Olie was born on November 13, 1929, in Tuttle, Oklahoma, to Olen and Myrtle Hulsey. He spent his early days on the family farm, where he was the eldest of seven children. When the family relocated to Glendale, Arizona, in 1948, he began working as an auto mechanic. It was then, that he found his passion for all things automotive.
In 1951, Olie proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army, during the Korean War. He was later awarded a Bronze Star, for heroic service during combat.
Upon his return to Arizona, Olie married and settled in Phoenix. He began building a very successful automotive and transmission repair shop, that later became an automotive parts warehouse (Mulkey Gear Sales). In 1971, he and his second wife Dee relocated to Tucson, opening a second warehouse location. He initially retired in 1981, but couldn’t stay away from the automotive industry. In 1985, he purchased an auto parts store in Marana. It was initially the Big A store, and later became Carquest. He retired again in 1995, but never gave up his love of auctions and cars.
After his retirement, Olie met and married his wife, Laurel. They made the most of their years together, traveling, pursuing common interests, and most of all just being happy.
Olie was preceded in death by his wife of 24 years, Dee; mother Myrtle and father Olen; and five of his siblings (Wilma June, Bill, Sharon, Jerry, and Wanda). He is survived by his wife, Laurel; daughters Marilu (Joe) and Annie (Daryl); brother J.T.; grandson Kasey (Stefanie) and granddaughter Katrina (Kevin); great-grandchildren Jake, Eloise, Joshua, and Samantha; beloved dog, Carrera; and many nieces and nephews.
A Military Honors Committal Service will be held at Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery, in Marana, on Friday, November 16, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. The family asks that, In lieu of flowers, donations be made, in his name to the Disabled American Veterans.