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Warren Olson

A time of remembrance for 'Ole' Olson will be Saturday, April 28 from 2-5 at the Peterseim Funeral Home, Kalona

Please join Renee' and Jerry for memories and refreshment durng this time.

A memorial fund has been established for the Mid Prairie Foundation, The Kalona 1 st Responder's or the Kalona Volunteer Fire Department.  Warren Olson died unexpectedly at his home on March 14, 2012.

Warren Luther Olson was born August 1, 1933 in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa the son of Luther and Helen (Ingmanson) Olson. He graduated from Olds High School in 1951, served in the United States Army for two years, and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1957.  He was a member of the Swedesburg Lutheran Church, the Kalona Optimist Club, Iowa State Education Association, Olds American Legion, and the Kalona Golf Club.  Warren was a retired member of the Kalona Volunteer Fire Department.  He taught science and coached at Marengo High School for three years and Mid Prairie Jr. High for 28 years, retiring in 1988.  Warren enjoyed playing golf, having coffee with friends and supporting Mid Prairie, the Cubs and Iowa Hawkeye athletics.

Survivors include his daughter, Renee' (Jerry) Villareal of Plainfield, Illinios, two granddaughters, Victoria Tucker and Catherine (Rex) Espinosa, four grandsons, Ethan and Noah Tucker and Max and Sam Espinosa, two nieces, Annette Champagne of Rock Island, Illinois and Julie Olson of Chicago.

Preceding Warren in death were his parents, wife Rosemary in July of 2011, one grandson, Chris Tucker, two brothers, Leland and Harold Olson and one sister, Phyllis Olson.

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Coach Olson had a big smile for everyone always. Thank you, Coach. Happy Trails.

John R Houseal Sep 2 2012 12:00 AM

Mr. Olson was my science teacher in junior high. He made science fun! I still remember the 'conservation of momentum' experiment with an old iron cannonball attached to the ceiling with a rope. You held it to your nose, let it go and stood perfectly still. You were sure it was going to come back and smack you in the face; but it stopped just shy of your nose every time. I still work as a scientist and engineer today - so he had a lasting impact.

John G. Tiessen Jul 13 2012 12:00 AM

Ole and I go back over fifty years to when we both played for the Olds softball team. I'm sorry I cannot be at Ole's memorial but please accept my sympathies and condolences. Good times, good memories, good friends.

Jim Scott Apr 26 2012 12:00 AM

So sorry to learn of Ole's passing. We shared an office and taught together at M-P Jr. High 1963-1966. We played a round of golf each morning before school and had lots of laughs. He was a good friend and a great teacher and coach. Ole will be missed! Go Hawks and Golden Hawks!

Jim & Pat Wheeler Apr 2 2012 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Ole's passing. He was a friend and co-worker of my fathers, and a teacher and coach of mine. Will truly miss his presence at the morning meetings of the Kalona Downtown Athletic Club when I am back in town. My prayers and condolences to his family and all of his friends.Lambert Neill

Lambert Neill Mar 22 2012 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of W Lute Olson's passing. I remember him well from middle school science class. I also remember him well from the coffee club. The Kalona Downtown Athletic Club will never be the same.My deepest sympathy

Woody Swartzendruber Mar 18 2012 12:00 AM

I remember Mr. Olson as my teacher at the old jr. high in Kalona.I am sorry to read about his death. My deepest sympathy,Kathy Grout

Kathy Grout Mar 17 2012 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Olson's passing. As a coach he taught us about our personal comduct, and our responsibilitie s, that extemded far beyond the sports arena. I am grateful that our paths crossed. He will be missed. Steve Kelley

Steve Kelley Mar 15 2012 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Ole's passing. We will keep your family in our prayers. Lana Reid & Kenny Hochstedler

Lana Reid Mar 15 2012 12:00 AM