Ronald E. Olsen

Born: Monday, December 28, 1936
Passed: Friday, March 30, 2018

4/6/2018 | 3:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Christ The Rock Church 

4/6/2018 | 7:00 PM -
Christ The Rock Church 


Ronald E. Olsen, 81, of Byron, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018 at Swedish American Hospital. Born on December 28, 1936, in Chicago, the son of Henry E. and Ruth C. (Lador) Olsen. Ron graduated high school from Lane Tech in Chicago where he enjoyed playing football for four years. He married Betty Kretschmer on June 14, 1958. Ron was a member of Local 134 and retired as a union electrician after 43 years . He was a huge Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, and Chicago Blackhawk fan. Ron was also a fan of the Stillman Valley Cardinals.
Survived by his wife, Betty; children, Tammy (Todd) Modrzejewski, Keith (Ann) Olsen, and Cindy (Rob) Fisher; twelve grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Elaine Reed; and sister-in-law, Doris Olsen. Predeceased by his parents; son, Ken; three sisters; and one brother.
Memorial Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Christ the Rock Lutheran Church, 8330 Newburg Rd., Rockford, with Reverend Jacob Heine officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. prior to the service in the church. Memorial may be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116 - 7023 or Christ the Rock Lutheran Church.

Condolences & Shared Memories (5)

  1. Scott Olson

    Ron and my father shared a bond closer than brothers and we were so fortunate to witness it. I remember watching Ron and my father taking on Keith and Kenny in 2 on 2 football in Ron’s back yard. My dad seemed to remember Keith and Kenny (in their Late teens) crying about the slaughter taking place. I don’t remember that however that’s at least how my dad use to tell the tale. So many memories...Ron will be sorely missed!

  2. Keith Olsen

    Dad you were such a kind and humble man who taught me how to be the man that I am now. Your work ethic was second to none, your ability to make anyone smile, your love for your family and friends unwavering, so many people you touched with your kind gentle ways. Pops I'm going to miss you so much, thank you for all the gifts you've taught me, I Love you Dearly! Your son- Keith

  3. Chris Olson

    Ron, thank you for being a second father to me, for being my father's best friend and for loving all of us the way you did. The Lord called you and my father home. I love you and will miss you tremendously. You will forever hold a huge place in my heart ... xoxo

  4. BOB Kretschmer

    Tho ball seems to squirt from hands of lane's Ron Olson in second quarter action yesterday half back snares pass for 25 yard gain.

  5. Ronald F. Kretschmer Jr.

    Uncle Ron will forever remain in my heart and memories. Love ya uncle Ron and my you rest in peace for all eternity. Till we meet again.