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John M. Olson, 93, of Rockford, passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center. John was born on October 17, 1924, in Rockford, the son of Eskel R. and Alma (Pearson) Olson. Attended John Nelson School, Lincoln Junior High School and graduated from Rockford East High School, Class of 1942, where he was a member of the band playing bass clarinet. John graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology (I.I.T) with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1949. John served in the United States Navy as an electronic technician from 1944 to 1946. At I.I.T. he was a member of Triangle Fraternity. On July 2, 1949, John married his loving wife, Shirley C. Niles, in Elmwood Park, IL. John worked at Rockford Clutch Division of Borg Warner for 30 years and retired as a sales manager - fan clutches. John was an avid golfer who took pride in having the Rockford Park District Golf Pass #1 every year. John also took pride in his Illinois vanity license plate: "RKFD".
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; two sons, Randy Olson of Roscoe, IL, and his two daughters, Cali and Emma, and Jeffrey (Branka) Olson of Los Angeles, and their three sons, Niles, Victor, and Dane; brother-in-law, Richard Rolander; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents; brother, Robert E. (Betty Bertrand) Olson; and sister, Mary Lou Olson Rolander. The family would like to thank the staff at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center and Northern Illinois Hospice.
Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2018 in the chapel of Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center, 3470 N. Alpine Rd, Rockford, with Reverend David Lawson officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. Private Graveside services were held at Scandinavian Cemetery. Friends may contribute a memorial to Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 W. State St., Rockford, IL 61102.

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  1. Greg Warner

    Randy, I was saddened to read about the passing of your father. Please accept my deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. John Zanocco

    Shirley, Randy and Jeff, so sorry for your loss. Many great memories of John. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Elaine Reed

    Our sympathy to the Olson family. My grandfather John Martin Pearson was Alma's oldest brother. We remember many special family times with all the cousins. Love and prayers, Elaine and Shirl Reed

  4. Gwen Zimmerman

    Dear Shirley Randy and Jeff, We are so sorry for the loss of uncle John. We have many great memories of holidays together. You're in our hearts and prayers. Love to you all, Brad, Gwen Tracey and Laura Zimmerman

  5. Julie Surmo

    I'm so sorry for the loss of your dad, Randy. I know how much you loved him. You were such a devoted son to him. I hope your heart heals soon. ðŸ'•

  6. Kristin Wisner Geary

    So very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Susan Jesse Hahn

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May all the wonderful memories help ease your sorrow. Deepest sympathy --

  8. Marlana Dokken

    Gone from this earth but your smiling face as you watched your granddaughter dance is not forgotten! Prayers to those temporarily left behind - may memories such as those be etched in your your hearts and minds forever...

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