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Craig Jesse Olsen

2 juin 194912 septembre 2020

Olsen, Craig Jesse 71, of Odessa, Fl. passed away at home on September 12, 2020. Craig was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin June 2, 1949 to June Marie (Houston) Olsen and Fred Olsen (both deceased).

He graduated from Green Bay West High School in 1967. He briefly attended Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin before transferring to the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he met his wife Susan. He graduated with a BA in 1971 and attained an MBA in 1973.

He worked for Allis-Chalmers, American Air Filter, Equifax and ADVO System over a 25-year period. He founded and operated Corporate Performance Review (CPR) for the last 20 years. Craig enjoyed travel, music, fine wine & time spent in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. He was a lifelong Wisconsin and Green Bay Packer football fan and attended the ‘67 Ice Bowl at Lambeau Field.

He is survived by his wife Susan Kay (Wavra) Olsen of Odessa, FL, his son Scott (Marisa) Olsen of Atlanta, GA., his daughter Sarah Olsen of Tampa, FL., siblings Gary (Kathy) Olsen, Brookfield, WI, Mary (Keith) Pierce, Minneapolis, MN, sisters-in-law Rita Bauer, Madison, WI. and Nan (Jim) Neff, Austin, TX, brothers-in–law Robert (Dorothy) Wavra, Waukesha, WI and Charles Wavra, Milwaukee WI. You will be in our hearts forever.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations sent to either of the following: American Diabetes Foundation at www.diabetes.org or the University of Wisconsin Foundation, Wisconsin School of Business Fund at www.supportuw.org/give/ and then type Wisconsin School of Business Fund under “Choose what to Support”.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    samedi, 26 septembre , 2020

  • Visitation

    samedi, 26 septembre , 2020

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Jeff Titrud

15 octobre , 2020

I met Craig in Junior High School. We both played adults in a 9th grade class play. The casting says something about both of us being more believable as adults than 9th graders.

That casting would underestimate Craig's singular contributions to our high school life. We had several common friends. Craig was the eternal impressario trying to plan group activities that would bring together improbable groups of his larger circle of friends and acquaintances. Craig was on the tennis team, debate club officer, Key Club vice president, Editor of the Yearbook staff, Masque and Gavel. Quill and Scroll. Craig seemed to delight in bringing together a diverse group of people and not just the most popular members of his circle. He had strong sense of realism and would quickly tell us if our ideas were not feasible but retained a real interest in all the members of his high school cast. I suspect that he continued to do that with his family and his work family.

Tom Loomer

27 septembre , 2020

I’ve had the bittersweet task of gathering West High classmates’ comments and memories of Craig, and there’s a definite recurring theme. What I kept seeing over and over is that Craig was smart, sociable, nice, proud, industrious, classy, funny, impish, mature, goal-oriented, versatile, brave, talented, positive, calm, accepting, friendly, warm-hearted, clever, dramatic, a gentleman, curious, creative, fair, an instigator, dependable, brutally honest, and a lifelong friend. I definitely experienced all of these traits in Craig throughout our friendship.

Craig and I were friends since 4th grade, and we went to Lincoln, Franklin Junior, and West together. One very strong memory, 60+ years later:

When we were in 5th or 6th grade, I was playing at Craig’s house. He asked if I wanted a glass of water, and I said sure. He went into the kitchen, turned on the faucet, and came back into the living room and handed me a glass. I took a huge gulp—and he had filled the glass with gin! What a shock! He thought that was so funny. He definitely had an impish side, and a sense of humor.

After college, Craig and I coincidentally followed each other from place to place. I lived in Lexington, and Craig and Susan moved to Louisville, so we were able to get together. Then I moved to Tampa, and they were already there. Craig took me under his wing and helped me make the adjustment to my new city.

For my 60th birthday, my daughter organized a surprise party, and there was Craig. It was so nice to celebrate a major milestone with a lifelong friend.

Craig, Susan, my wife Linda (also a classmate), and I would get together about once a year for dinner. Craig introduced us to some new restaurants, always with some really good wine. We should’ve gotten together more frequently, but you always think you have plenty of time. Sadly, we no longer do.

We’re going to miss you, Craig!

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To view a video montage of Craig's life, visit https://youtu.be/fItoi0rnyhE