Donald H. Olson

July 29, 1927 – Oct. 15, 2013

Funeral services for Donald H. Olson will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. at Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull. Don, 86, died Oct. 15 at Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home from complications of cancer.

He was born July 29, 1927, at Emblem, the son of Olive and Henry Olson. The family later moved to a small place north of Greybull where Don spent most of his life.

He received his education in Greybull and graduated from Greybull High School with the Class of 1945.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was issued his military clothing on V.J. Day.

He married Dawn Van Winkle in 1950. They slowly built a grand house on the home place north of Greybull, and Don resumed his career with the railroad, which began in high school when he worked on a section crew. He served as a clerk from the old CB&Q days, with steam, to the new slick computers of Burlington Northern Santa Fe. He retired in 1989.

Throughout his railroad career he continued to run the small family farm.

Don was a lifetime member of BPOE 1431.

He had an easy smile and a keen sense of humor. In his later years he enjoyed having coffee with his friends at the Sugar Shack.

His parents, Olive and Henry Olson, and sister Florence preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Dawn of Greybull; two sons and daughters-in-law, Donald “Bruce” and Peggy Olson of Miami, Fla., and Barry and Ruth Olson of Williamsville, N.Y.; sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Merrill Johnson of Peoria, Ill.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.