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Tom Olson
1949 - 2010

 

Tom and I played lots of golf together in the old Elks Club League on Monday nights at Maplecrest Country Club.

Thomas Arthur Olson, 61, of Kenosha, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at Hospice House with his loving family by his side.

Born on July 9, 1949, in Nebraska, he was the son of Raymond A. and Shirley A. (Lawrence) Olson. He and his family moved to Kenosha during his childhood. He attended Mary D. Bradford High School. On July 28, 1969, he entered the United States Navy serving in Vietnam as an Aircraft Mechanic. He received the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the National Service Medal. He was honorably discharged on July 27, 1973. After the service he received his Bachelorís Degree from Carthage College.

A member of Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church in Racine, Tom was an avid golfer. He loved the game, the beautiful courses, the atmosphere and the camaraderie. He enjoyed watching golf and reading about golf almost as much as playing the game. Tom was active in many organizations. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Western Kenosha and the VFW. He was also a Mason and past president of the Kenosha Shrine Club.

Surviving Tom are his loving wife, Laura; his mother, Shirley Olson; his daughter, Joy Olson, and his grandson Jeffery. Tom was a doting father to Joy and to Jeffery Tom was an adoring "Papa."  He is also survived by his son, Mark Olson, and Markís children, Kairi and Gianni; his sister, Vicki Barnhart, and her family; and his sister, Sarah Lehman and her family. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Olson; and a brother, Timothy Olson.

The family would like to thank all of the wonderful employees and volunteers at Hospice Alliance in Kenosha for their kind and compassionate care.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 2nd, at Proko Funeral Home at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove. Visitation will be held on Sunday at Proko Funeral Home from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Unity Lodge #367 F & AM will conduct a memorial service on Sunday at Proko Funeral Home at 5:00 p.m.