Dave Olson, 76, De Pere, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, August 31, 2023. He was born December 10, 1946, in Springfield, Missouri to the late Lloyd and Mary (Cox) Olson. Dave graduated from Gillett High School, class of 1965.
Upon completing his education at N.W.T.C. in computer programming, he entered the U.S. Army, having served in Vietnam where he received the Purple Heart, and other honors. After the service, Dave earned his accounting degree.
On November 2, 1984, he was united in marriage to Linda Hunt.
Dave worked at Wisconsin Public Service as a System Analyst until his retirement in 2007.
A sworn enemy of all sofas, Dave was constantly active and enjoyed the outdoors immensely, whether hiking, hunting, or just taking a walk around the neighborhood. He enjoyed sports of all kinds and was especially partial to attending his children’s and grandchildren’s games. Of all of the things he loved, he loved his family most of all and relished expressing it by always being there whenever they needed him. His love extended beyond his family to those he served in the community by volunteering as a Big Brother, driving fellow vets to medical appointments, and as a frequent blood donor. His last act of kindness was that of an organ donor and those that knew him know that somewhere he’s beaming about that.
He is survived by his wife Linda, children; Dan (Joell) Olson, Lynne (Olson), Scott (Marci) Olson, Mike (Karin) Olson, Nikki (Mark) Ely, Erik (Mary) Olson, and Kate Olson. His loving grandchildren; Meghan, Will, Marceline, Greg, Khrystal, Francisco, Violet, Elizabeth, Ethan, Theodore, Louis, Margaret, George, Jack, and great granddaughter Harper. His siblings; Don (Ellen) Olson, Joanie (Rick) Gruel, his sister-in-law Patricia (Steve) Wagnitz, brothers in law Jim (Vicki) Hunt, Jerry (Denise) Thomson, as well a many nieces, nephews, and friends. Dave was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Linda Thomson.
Friends may call at Ryan Funeral Home 305 N. Tenth Street, De Pere from 5:00PM – 7:00PM on Thursday, September 7, 2023. Visitation will continue Friday from 9:00AM at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1301 South Ridge Road, Green Bay, until time of service at 11:00AM, with full military rites to follow.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.
Special thanks to De Pere Rescue, as well as the staff at Aurora Hospital I.C.U.