Gary L. Olson, 80, Stevens Point, Wis., passed away Monday, Oct. 24, 2022, at Marshfield Medical Center, Marshfield, Wis., with his wife and daughter by his side.
Gary was born July 16, 1942, at Chetek, the son of Bardon and Eleanor (Bronstad) Olson. He graduated from Cameron High School in 1960. Gary attended Barron County Teachers College and later taught school in Plaza, N.D.
He proudly served in the United States Army and went to basic training in Fort Jackson, S.C. He then joined the Army National Guard and was stationed in Rice Lake with the 128th D Company. Gary was called to active duty at Fort Lewis, Wash. While there, he skied all weekend for $20 with Doug Haugestuen from Dallas.
He married Sharon Berlin on June 29, 1968, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids. He worked for Schwan’s Sales Enterprises in route sales and as depot manager for 40-plus years.
Gary was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed watching the Brewers, Packers and Badgers. In his earlier years, he enjoyed bowling and golfing, competing in the Cameron Open each September for many seasons.
Gary greatly enjoyed time with his family, from years of birthday celebrations, picnics, reunions, family outings at theme parks and water parks, to simply enjoying relaxation at a cabin near the lake “up north.” Holidays with family were always very special times.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are children Corey (Debra) and Bridget Olson; grandchildren Floyd (Allison) Dean, Brittany (Nash) Schoff, Sarah Olson, Courtney Olson, Alex Ceizyk, Nick Ceizyk, Tyler Ceizyk, Kiera Hall and Garrett Hall; great-grandchildren Joyce, Dawson, Whittney, Wynter, Cora and Brendon; siblings Willis (Bonnie) and Robert (Diane); as well as many nieces and nephews, and other extended family.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Leon (Sharon), and a niece Amanda Olson.
The family would like to thank the nursing staff on the eighth floor and Hospice for the great care that he received.
Services were held Saturday, Nov. 5, from Herman-Taylor Funeral Home, Wisconsin Rapids.