Russ V. Olson

Russ V. Olson

DEFOREST-Russ V. Olson died peacefully surrounded by family on Monday, July 9, 2012, at Agrace HospiceCare. He was born on Aug. 20, 1925, in Sand Creek, the son of Victor and Luella (Holmes) Olson.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and the Korean War. He married Erma Seldal on May 21, 1946. Russ was a mail carrier for Madison and McFarland, retiring in 1981. He enjoyed the outdoors, family gatherings, and his bike. Russ especially enjoyed his retirement years in Montello and also enjoyed traveling.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Erma; children, Dennis (Mary Pat) of Middleton, Suzanne Olson of Albuquerque, and Jeff (Tara) of Cottage Grove; granddaughter, Michon; and sister, Bernice Olson of Spencer. He was preceded in death by his son, James; his parents; and brother, Harold.

A Celebration of Russ’s Life will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2012. A luncheon will be held during the Celebration of Life. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI. 53711. The family would like to thank the staff of 4th floor Cardiology at St. Mary’s Hospital, and the staff at Agrace HospiceCare.