Orville Albert Olson

Born: Tuesday, September 26, 1916
Passed: Sunday, July 9, 2017

7/15/2017 | 12:00 pm -
Salem Lutheran Church 

7/14/2017 | 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Quiram Sycamore Chapel 


Orville Olson, 100, of Cortland, Illinois, died Sunday, July 9, 2017, at home. He was born
September 26, 1916, on the family farm in Cortland, He was the son of Otto and Edith (Nelson)
Olson. He attended Cortland schools through 10th grade and graduated from Sycamore High
School in 1935, either traveling by vehicle and delivering milk before school, or on the rail spur
from Cortland to Sycamore. At the same time, he farmed with his parents and grandparents, on
the family farms in DeKalb County. Later he took over the family farm operation and worked
until age 70. After "retiring", he farmed from the sidelines.
Growing up, he travelled through the eastern part of the U.S. with his grandparents and
parents. At that time there were limited roads, and camping was more of the norm. He
instilled his wanderlust to his family, and close friends, from the 1950's through the 1980's. As
he travelled with his family, he would drop in on family and friends, in their homes, hospitals,
and care facilities.
Even though he was shy, his kindness, unconditional love and sense of humor was evident
in many ways. His welcoming ways pulled in strangers and made them friends, from all walks
of life and all ages. At age 80, he helped with the Cortland cemetery, build and repair the
fence. He did not hesitate to help, when asked.
He was very active, supporting his children through various clubs and athletic venues. He
also took an interest in their friends and acquaintance's as well as their families, up to the last
week of his life.
He was a Cortland Township Trustee from the late 1950's through the ‘70s. He also was a
member in the DeKalb County Farm Bureau since 1946.
He was a lifelong member of Salem Lutheran Church and celebrated 82 years as a
confirmed member of the church.
He was also a member of the Oddfellows, from 1935-2003, as well as a founding member
and past president of O.E. International.
Survivors include his wife, Wilda, of 25 years, his daughter Andra, and sons, Owen (Teri) ,
and Gail. Grandchildren, Brandon (Isabel) Todd, Jason and Erik Todd, Justin (Tiffanie) Olson
Travis, Connor and Landon Olson, Katie Olson. Great grandchildren Nils Todd and Austin
Stepdaughters Darlene (Wayne) Williams, Debbie (Steve) Jaskulske, stepson, Mark
(Petnapa) Peterson, stepdaughters Janet (Lee) Kujak. Terrie Hallfrisch (deceased). Step
grandchildren, Crystal Svoboda, Julie and Stephen Jaskulske, Vincent and Michaela Peterson,
Aimee and Alex Kujak and Step great granddaughter, Sabrina Svoboda
He was preceded in death by his parents, two siblings, and Elaine, his first wife (1979).
Visitation will take place at the Quiram Sycamore Funeral Chapel on 1245 Somonauk St,
Sycamore Illinois on Friday July 14, 2017 from 5-8:30 p.m.
With services held at Salem Lutheran Church, 1145 DeKalb Ave, Sycamore, Il on Saturday
July 15, 2017 at noon.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation that is earmarked for a DeKalb County Farm Bureau, 1350 W Prairie Dr, Sycamore, IL 60178, for an Ag related scholarship.

Condolences & Shared Memories (15)

  1. Peg & Ken Johnson

    We were privilege to know Orville for 70 years. A real special friend. He knew my grandparents: Jenny & Charlie Clauson; my mother: Elsie; my aunts Edie and Esther. We Pray for him and his family. Take care. God Bless !

  2. Bo & Gayle Ford

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all..thank you for sharing your Dad with us all these years...he was such a marvel to us!!!Such an interesting , energetic man that will be missed by all....

  3. Adele Gabriel

    Andra, Owen and Gail: I feel so blessed and honored to have gotten to know your Dad over the past few years. I truly enjoyed our chats while he waited to see Scott about the farms. I will never forget the day he discovered that I grew up in Sycamore and then that he went to school with my mother! He had the biggest smile and said, "You just made my day! She was the smartest girl in school." I marveled at his zest for life; he was such a wealth of knowledge. Sorry I won't be able to attend his services as I have previous engagement out of state on Friday and Saturday, but will be thinking of all of you. Adele

  4. Harry & Nancy Strem

    Orville......A man who was gifted with 100 years of life. May he truly rest in peace.

  5. Robin Flanigan Meadows

    Prayers go out to you and your family Andra and Owen. What a blessing it was for you to have your father in your lives for so long. He was a sweet and sincere man who will be missed by many. God Bless, Robin

  6. Susan Dockus

    He was a valuable member of the community!

  7. Merilee Kurbis

    Sorry to hear about your dad, you and your dad did a lot together. He was a good man, who lived a long life. God's blessings Merilee.

  8. Bob lavigne

    R.I.P. Orville you were such an.awesome man it was my pleasure to be your paper boy way back when town of Cortland lost a wonderful man god bless you and your fam

  9. Ken Kamm

    So very sorry for your loss. His kind and gentle soul and spirit will be missed. He is another angel in Heaven. May your many memories bring you comfort and strength at this time of loss.

  10. Betty Primm

    So shocked to see that Orville passed away, as I just visited with him at Parkway Restaurant last Friday. He was a great guy. I purchased lots of grain from him over the years. He was a sweet, kind man. He will be missed by many.

  11. Therese Millet

    I am so sorry to hear of Orville's passing. I grew so fond of Wilda and Orville at the Sycamore Parkway restaurant. Such a kind man and I know he will be missed by so many.

  12. Therese Millet

    I am so sorry to hear of Orville's passing. I grew so fond of Wilda and Orville at the Sycamore Parkway restaurant. Such a kind man and I know he will be missed by so many.

  13. Michelle Friedlund

    Dear Andra and boys.....Your Dad was such a special man. He always had a kind word and gentle spirit. We have wonderful memories of the time we spent nearby. My deepest condolences on behalf of myself, Kelsey and Evan.

  14. Robert McMillion

    Andra, Owen, Gail, My deepest condolences and blessings for a life well lived.

  15. Coy and Peggy Ford

    Owen, Terri, and Boys, Aunt Peggy and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. May God be with each of you and your family during this time. All of you are in our prayers. God Bless, Uncle Coy Lynn and Aunt Peggy