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Robert "Bo" D. Olson, 78, of Rockford, passed away on December 16, 2016. He was born on October 15, 1938 in Austin, Minnesota, the son of Martin and Mildred (Johnson) Olson. He graduated from West High School and attended Illinois Wesleyan College. Bo was District Manager at American General Finance Corp. for 42 years. He married Patti Witter on January 6, 1962. She predeceased him on June 14, 2003. He later married Renee Barker on August 9, 2016. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, the Blackhawk Athletic Club, 3L Club, SM&SF Cub and Lombardi Club, and was an avid fisherman and hunter all his life.
Survivors include his wife, Renee; daughters, Kelli Hunter and Kari Olson; grandchildren, Megan (Garrett) Shaw, Michael and Eric Hunter; great-grandchildren, Maddie and Anna; stepson, Chris (Cathy) Barker; brother-in-law, Clifford Retzke; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents, wife, Patti and sister, Bette.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 10:00 am in Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001, 2nd Ave. Rockford, with Pastor Dean Parker officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Fred. C. Olson Chapel. Private burial at a later date. Memorials may be made to Carbone Cancer Center, UW Madison, 600 S. Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53792. To share a memory or send an online condolence, visit

Condolences & Shared Memories (14)

  1. Cheryl Konitski

    Kari & Kelli, words fall short of expressing my sorrow for the loss of your dad.

  2. Jacquie Lind Garry hartman

    Class act true gentleman always was will remember his smile kind words so glade he had you Renae

  3. Marlin & Carol Mason

    So sorry to hear of Bo's passing. We have many memories of up north fishing trips and events at the club lake and Baltic Lodge. Bo was a kind and generous man, he will be in good hands. Renee and family you are in our prayers.

  4. Mel & Sandi Wilson

    Renee ,Kelli, Keri and Cliff We are so sorry to here of Bo's passing I used to tease him about the Packers---- Bo do they pay you to wear that Packer jacket?

  5. Bill Olsen

    So sorry to hear of Bob's passing, Went to West High with Bob and considered him a friend. He will be in my prayers as well as prayers for his family.

  6. Stevie Fownes

    Dear Kelli and Kari, I'm so sorry for you loss! I hope that you can find comfort in all the friends and family who support you during this difficult passage. Warmly, Stevie

  7. Kimberly Boykin

    My dear friends, I know your heartache and you have my symphaties and concerns. You all are in my prayers as the Holy Spirit provides you comfort during this time and the days to come.

  8. Penny Chamberlin

    Sorry that I can't make visitation or funeral-he was a very good district manager to work for-sorry for your loss

  9. Sharon Beverley

    We were sorry to hear about Bob's passing. Have a lot of wonderful memories when all of you kids were young. Prayers and hugs to you and your families.

  10. By and Audrey Johnson

    Bob was a really great man and will be missed by his many friends and family. We remember all the wonderful times we had with him

  11. Bobby Young

    Bo Olson, great man!,class act,respectful. I remember when the BAC Bus trip Bears/Packers Monday night,Packers won of course,walkin back to bus..i turned my head for quick second, bam! Bear fan knocks me out..who was there to help....Mr. Bo Olsan and others....will miss ya my friend,Rest in Peace & GOPACKGO!!!

  12. Betty Lowe

    Love and blessings, Kelli. Losing your Dad is very hard. He and I were the same age. I wish I could come down, but I'm thinking it's unlikely. Love, Betty Lowe

  13. Steve Henderson

    Do sorry for your loss. Mr.Olson is in a better place. Take comfort in knowing he is with our Lord and that we will see his smiling face when we meet again! God Bless all of you

  14. Andrea Gentry

    To Kelli,Kari and Family, Words can't express my sorrow in the passing of Mr. Olson he was one in a million and now he gets to have a ringside seat to watch his favorite team play. Sending my deepest condolences to each and every one of you.

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