Ronald E. Olson
5-1-1932 ~ 12-10-2011
Ronald E. Olson, my wonderful brother, passed away on December 10, 2011, at the Colorado Veterans Home in Walsenburg, CO at the age of 79.
He had resided there since September 2010. He loved it there and loved everyone who took such good care of him too.
Ronald was born May 1, 1932 in Williston, ND to Martha and Norman Olson. He attended grade school and high school in our hometown, Grenora, ND. Ronald graduated in 1951, and upon graduation enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He went to Great Lakes Naval Base for basic training and then was sent to San Diego, CA and assigned to the “USS Mount Olympus” as Quartermaster, with several overseas tours of duty.
After discharge he enrolled in college at the University of North Dakota and acquired his bachelor of science degree. He then attended Minot State College, in Minot, ND, and received his masters’ degree.
Ronald taught in North Dakota for one year and then moved to
Colorado as Mom, Dad, his sister and her husband lived there. He took a teaching position in Center, CO and after about one year moved to Walsenburg for a teaching position there. Ronald loved Walsenburg so much he stayed after his retirement.
He taught Social Studies plus became the
Golf Coach. From teaching the kids in the classroom to teaching the kids golf, he enjoyed every moment with them. He always said, confidence, respect, achievement, learning and winning would take them out into this world as caring citizens and adults..
He loved golfing, coffee klatching, kibitzin with buddies, arguing politics, fishing, photography and his friends and neighbors at Senior Citizens. Not one day went by when he didn’t brag about his many students. He cared very much for all of them.
Ron is survived by his only sister and brother-in-law, Sandra “Olson” Gunderson and husband Gary.
Condolences may be sent to 9996 Perceval St., Las Vegas, NV 89183.
We thank each of you for your caring, thoughtfulness and most of all friendship.
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