Obituary for Vernon R. Olson

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Vernon R. Olson, “Pee Wee”, age 91 of La Crosse passed away on March 29, 2018 at Eagle Crest Living Community in La Crosse. He was born in Holmen, Wisconsin on September 22, 1926 to Angus and Florence Olson. After graduating from Galesville High School, he served his country as U.S. Army Staff Sergeant in WWII and later as Second Lieutenant in the Army National Guard. He attended the University of Wisconsin, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural education in 1951. He was joined in marriage to Carol Amundson in August of 1950, divorcing in 1992; he was joined in marriage to Joyce Gullikson in July of 1995.
Vernon’s vast professional background was in Agri-Banking.
Vernon played organized baseball: college, army and semi pro, he was a scout for the Milwaukee Braves - 1955 to 1957 and 1959 to 1961, he managed the Sparta and Spring Green Baseball Teams in the Home Talent and Western Wisconsin Leagues, he organized and managed the first American Legion team in Fridley, MN – 1958 and was a WIAA Basketball official for 30 years
Vernon owned a farm in Sheboygan County. He raised champion Registered Durocs and cash crops for 35 years. He was member of the Governor’s Blue-Ribbon Sale Committee, Wisconsin State Fair - Sale of Champions Clerk 22 years. He was past Vice-President Sheboygan County Fair Association, director for 2l years. A member of First Lutheran Church, Onalaska, WI, former Publicity Chairman of Sons of Norway, Wergeland Lodge, La Crosse, WI. Hobbies include; fishing, gardening, and following Wisconsin college and professional sports.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Olson. Daughters; Nancy Olson, Fort Meyers, FL, Sonja (Jeff) Leicht, Cleveland, WI, Sherri (Jeff) Schumann, Omaha, NE. Son; Jon (Lisa) Olson, Sheboygan, WI. Grandchildren; Nicholas Filz, Fruita, CO, Jon (Katie) Leicht, Appleton, WI, Danny (Haley) Schumann, Overland Park, KS, Christopher (Jessica) Schumann, Frankfort, IL, Stephanie Schumann, Omaha, NE, Andrew Olson, Sheboygan, WI, Ian (Elena) Olson, Kaukauna, WI. Great-grandchildren; Lily, Anna and Griffin Leicht, Reece Schumann and Noah Olson. Sister; Ardyce Johnson, brothers; Sherman (Lois) Olson, Arthur (Betty) Olson, sister-in-law; Olene Olson. Step-children; Sue (Richard) Levenger, Tom (Shaun Considine), Gary Gullikson, Rosemary (Tim’s wife) Gullikson. Step-granchildren; Bobby Levenger, Erik (Ruth) Gullikson, Megan (Eric) Kuehl, Petra (Andres) Gullikson Guzman, Christy (Nick) Gullikson Lees. Great-step grandchild; Lucia.
Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Curtis and Floyd (infant), former wife; Carol, step-son; Tim Gullikson.
A celebration of life will be held at Halfway Creek Lutheran Church, outside of Holmen, Wisconsin on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Barbara Bruneau officiating. A time for visitation will held at the church prior to the memorial services from 12:00 p.m. until 12:50 p.m. Interment will follow at Halfway Creek Lutheran Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Norskedalen (P.O. box 235, Coon Valley, WI 54623).
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of Eagle Crest South, Gundersen Hospice, and Art and Betty Olson.
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