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Ralph Olson

November 5, 1935 — September 17, 2019

Ralph Olson

Ralph ‘Bud' G. Olson, 83, of Normal, passed away peacefully at 8:35 a.m. on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at Heritage Health in Normal.

His memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington with Pastor Rick Wagner officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the memorial home.

Inurnment will be at Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington. Memorials may be made to The Baby Fold in Normal

Ralph was born on November 5, 1935 in Bloomington a son to Ralph and Esther Hogberg Olson. He married Delores Louise Jordan in 1956. He later married Jean Zimmerman in 1991. They both preceded him in death.

Surviving are his sons, Gregory (Lynn) Olson of Grand Junction, CO and Rodney Olson of Rockford; sisters, Anita Wagner of Bloomington and Emmy (Howard) Burke of Creve Coeur; brother, Darrell (Jeannie) Olson of Aurora, CO; fiancé of his deceased son, Mark, Wendy Simonovic and her daughter Hannah. Ralph is also survived by ten grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, two great grandchildren on the way and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Mark W. Olson; grandson, Matthew Olson; sister, Marilyn Daughterty; infant brother, Donald Olson, and daughter-in-law, Barbara Olson.

Ralph worked in the family cleaning business Broleen Cleaning Plant, later renamed Olson Cleaners in Bloomington. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. Following his college career he was an advertising finish artist for Biddle Advertising, later he became a freelance photographer and managed the photography lab at Eureka Williams Company both in Bloomington. After Ralph retired he worked part-time at Camera Corner in Bloomington for many years.

He enjoyed fishing, his motorcycle, and his many cameras.

Ralph was a loving father, grandfather, and brother. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Visitation

OCT 11. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)

Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home
1104 N. Main St.
Bloomington, IL 61701

Memorial Service

OCT 11. 11:00 AM (CDT)

Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home
1104 N. Main St.
Bloomington, IL 61701

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