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John A. Olson

Issue Date: March 16, 2018

John A. Olson, 92, of Underhill, passed away Friday, March 9, 2018.

Born May 13, 1925 in Belle Plaine, to Charles and Clara (Hoeffs) Olson, in the 1920s they bought a farm near Underhill where he lived much of his life.

He attended Mosling Grade School and graduated from Gillett High School in 1943. He served in the United States Navy and after service, attended college in Lansing Mi., where he was recruited to help deliver a saw mill to Weippe ID. While there, he assisted in putting out a fire and met Kathleen White. She finished High School and he worked at Nash Auto in Milwaukee.

They wrote to each other during the entire time, never forgetting the fire kindled in their first meeting. He returned to Wieppe and they married on Easter, April 14, 1951 and returned to Wisconsin the next day.

They raised two children on a farm near Underhill. In 1979, they sold the farmland and worked for Linwood Lumber in Mosling and later Burkel Inc. in Oconto Falls, where he retired at age of 80.

They were members of the EUB church of Gillett and later the Tabor United Methodist Church. He was quiet and a dedicated family man.

Always interested in collecting American military memorabilia, in 2011 he flew to Washington DC on the Honor Flight and a few years ago, rode in a vintage Army Jeep to help lead the 4th of July parade.

In 2014, the couple became residents of the Woodlands Nursing Home in Gillett. Later that same year, his wife of 63 years passed away. He then relocated to Appleton to be closer to his children where he lived until his passing.

He is survived by a son, Stephen and a daughter, Laurel, both of Appleton; a sister-in-law, Anna Mae Olson of Two Rivers; nieces; nephews; cousins and many friends and extended family members.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers.

Friends and relatives called on the family at Tabor United Methodist Church in Gillett on Monday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Pastor David Farina officiated followed by full military honors. Interment was in Wanderer's Rest Cemetery.


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