David E. Olson


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Updated: Tue, 05 Nov 2013 04:19:16 CST

Funeral Services for David E. Olson will be conducted from the First United Methodist Church in Holdrege, Nebraska on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Jeff Adams officiating. Interment will be held in the Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege with military honors provided by the Martin-Horn American Legion Post #66 in conjunction with the United States Navy Military Honor Guard.

David Ehrler Olson, 81 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at his home in Holdrege. David was born on February 19, 1932 in Sherman County, Nebraska, the second of four children born to Elzworth Wesley and Marcella A. (Hendrickson) Olson. In 1943, the family moved to a farm near Inavale, Nebraska. David received his primary education from District #72 in Sherman County and District #30 and #69 in Webster County, Nebraska. He then spent two years of his high school years at Red Cloud, Nebraska before graduating from Inavale High School at Inavale, Nebraska with the class of 1951. David was then inducted into the United States Navy, serving his country during the Korean Conflict from March 25, 1951 until his honorable discharge on March 25, 1955. Following his service, David was employed by the CB & Q Railroad in the communication department as a lineman from 1955 until 1960. On August 25, 1957 he was united in marriage to Barbara Jean Wolf at Franklin, Nebraska and to this union two daughters were born: Cynthia and Rochelle. The couple made their home in Lincoln, Nebraska, until March of 1958 when they moved to Holdrege. Throughout the years in Holdrege, David was employed as a lineman and construction foreman with Southern Nebraska Rural Public Power District in Phelps County until his retirement in February of 1993 after 33 years of service. During his retirement years, David enjoyed driving truck part-time hauling liquid fertilizer in the surrounding states for Duane Beachler in Funk, Nebraska. He loved spending time at the Senior Center, having coffee with his friends and being their Mr. Fix-It.

David loved to travel and the family spent the summers seeing the country. His love of fishing took up a lot of his spare time, even going to Canada several times. He and Barb loved to square dance, they could be found any day of the week at a dance, sometimes driving over 100 miles an evening for a dance. David and Barb were members of the Prairie Shufflers Square Dance Club in Holdrege, and served as the State Historian for the Nebraska Square and Round Dance Association for twelve years. He was also an avid bird watcher, a highlight was when he was able to get wild birds to eat from his hands. David also enjoyed collecting Horatio Alger books, which were old children’s novels. He enjoyed woodworking, making entire scenes of villages and farms in great detail. On July 26, 2003 he was preceded in death by his wife, Barb.

David was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Holdrege, and a past member of the Holdrege B.P.O. Elks and the Eagles. David was currently serving as a governing board member of the Holdrege Senior Center at the time of his passing. Besides his wife and parents; David was preceded in death by his daughter, Rochelle “Rocky” Olson at the age of four, brother, Rudy Olson; a nephew, Jeff Wolfe and a sister-in-law, Marylee Olson.

He leaves to mourn his passing; his daughter, Cindy Richardson and her husband, Russell of Nebraska City, Nebraska; five grandchildren: Amy McNatt, Casey Greenlee and her husband, Nathan, David Olson and his wife, Katie, Christina Olson, and Dennis Richardson; twelve great-grandchildren; one brother, Dwayne Olson of Holdrege; one sister, Betty Logan and her husband, Del of Lakewood, Colorado; and sister-in-law, Ilene Olson of Red Cloud; special friend that was treated like a second daughter, Denise Smith and her husband, Mike and their sons of Holdrege; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.

A memorial has been established in David’s honor and kindly suggested to the Holdrege Senior Center.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.