In Memory

David Olson

David R. Olson was born June 24th, 1950 in Newton, Kansas. He was the 4th of 6 children. In 1968, he joined the Air Force and was stationed in Spain from 1968 to 1974 during the war in Vietnam. He always spoke fondly of his time in Spain and it was the beginning of his lifelong journey as a language learner.

When he left his military service he worked for a number of years as a histologist in medical labs, as a school custodian and finally worked in a die shop for a plastics company. He always described himself as a biologist by training.

He moved to Lindsborg in 1990, with his wife Karen J. Olson.

In the 70's he fell in love with martial arts, learning various styles, studying Xingyi, Taiji and Aikido up until his death. He was also an amateur photographer, and knife and jewelry maker. He enjoyed spending time in nature, and enjoyed learning the names of different trees and plants.

He leaves 2 sons, Morgan and Davin, and a daughter, Clarissa; 1 grandson, Owen, 1 brother, Tony Olson, and sisters Ann Robins and Mary Snyder.

He was predeceased by his wife, Karen, parents John and Clarissa, and brothers John Jr and Richard.

Cremation has been selected and services will be later this summer.



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05/15/22 09:38 PM #1    

Beverly Roberson (Jackson)

I was stunned by hearing of David's passing. I felt I needed to write this because one of the saving memories of high school was our Senior Celebration at the lake. I made the mistake of wearing a two piece bathing suit. In the old days when you could not buy mixed sizes, I lost my bottoms while diving and my clothes were stolen. David came to the rescue because our parents were friends. Because he was big and it was the time of the "mini"; I suffered little embarrassment and had a successful activity. I have never forgotten that kindness.

I am sure his kindness continued through life and my sincerest sympathies are epressed to his family.

05/16/22 05:48 AM #2    

Martin Libhart

Beverly: Very nice post about David. We all have good memories of those we have lost. 

05/16/22 10:36 AM #3    

Carol Little (Blake)

That's a great story, Beverly! What a kind person. 

05/16/22 11:00 AM #4    

Connie Hale (Rhodes)

I too was stunned at David’s passing, I had to reread posted information several times before comprehending that it was David. He attended our class Saturday monthly breakfast, where everyone receives a happy celebrated welcome. It's a place of laughter, sharing, teasing, and rebuilding friendships… Before leaving, I enjoyed giving David a hug that was always received with a surprised wide-eyed grin. We will miss him dearly. My kindest thoughts and prayers goes to his family and friends.

Dearest Classmates, we must not take friendships (close or across the miles) for granted, we must continue to greet one another with unconditional love filled with enthusiast joys of welcomes, you never know what the next day may bring. I am thankful for our class website and thank Lee and Martin for their continue updated support..

Blessing to you all..

05/17/22 03:39 PM #5    

Meg Glover (Henderson)

Thank you for sharing this memory, Beverly.  David was very kind indeed.

05/17/22 07:01 PM #6    

Veronica Camargo

I send my sincere condolences to David's family. I know that he will be missed by those of you who were close to him.
Thank you Beverly for sharing your memory of David. I did not know that story. Even though it was a long time ago, I am sorry that someone stole your clothes. It was an unkind joke. Thank God for David. In this world today we need more Davids.

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