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Gene E. Olson

May 8, 1923 ~ October 9, 2021 (age 98)

Obituary

Gene Olson went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday October 9, 2021 at the age of 98. He was born in Grand Rapids to the late Emil and Nellie Olson. He preceded in death by his first wife Doris (Peet), second wife Betty (Leestma), son Jim Olson, and brothers Roland and William Olson. Gene will be lovingly remembered by his daughters Carolyn (Robert Grant) Beck, Janet (Jim Stephens) Olson, daughter-in-law Darcy Olson, grandchildren LeAnn Olson, Christopher Olson, Kelly Pawlowski, Timothy Olson, Rachel Beck, Erin Beck, Kayla Olson and 14 great grandchildren. Following his service in the Army infantry during WWII, Gene owned and operated Olson Brothers Sporting Goods store for 35 years. He then established Olson’s American Marine, a regional boating sales and distribution company. Often described as the energizer bunny, Gene was very active his entire life. He was a member of the American Kennel Club and was a breeder of Golden Retrievers. Gene particularly loved to fish, especially in Canada, a favorite spot of his, with his family and friends. He also enjoyed snowmobiling, going to deer camp, dancing, and bowling- which he continued until he was 96! Gene was a longtime member of Ada Congregational Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who will be deeply missed.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday October 16, 2021 at Ada Congregational Church, 6330, Ada Dr. SE, Ada, MI 49301 with visitation beginning at 10am.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart or Alzheimer’s Associations. 

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
October 16, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Ada Congregational Church
6330 Ada Dr. S.E.
Ada, MI 49301

Memorial Service
Saturday
October 16, 2021

11:00 AM
Ada Congregational Church
6330 Ada Dr. S.E.
Ada, MI 49301

Donations

American Heart Association of West Michigan
3940 Peninsular Dr. SE STE 180, Grand Rapids MI 49546
Tel: 1-616-285-1888

Alzheimer's Association
25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Southfield MI 48033-7443
Tel: 1-616-459-4588
Web: http://www.alz.org/

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