Ronald B. Olson

November 6, 1935August 5, 2018
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Ronald B. Olson was born on November 6, 1935 and passed away on August 5, 2018


  • Visitation Thursday, August 16, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 16, 2018
  • Graveside Service Thursday, August 16, 2018

Ronald B. Olson

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Deanne Becker Mills

August 15, 2018

Just found another picture that shows Gary Cunningham, Ronnie, and Don Becker with Bert Olson. Taken August 8, 1948

Deanne Becker Mills

August 13, 2018

The first memory that came to my mind was one time when Ronnie came out to our farm in Russell, KS. There was snow on the ground but also some muddy places. He was pulling me in the wagon, and the apple I had been eating fell off into the mud. Ronnie picked it up for me and washed it off. From then on he was my older hero cousin. He seemed to always have that little smile and laugh. So thankful for Jan’s support as his caretaker at the end because I know that it is a very tough job. Thankful that Ronnie isn’t hurting anymore and enjoying His Savior in Heaven. Prayers for Jan and Russell. Deanne Becker Mills

Sam Choi

August 13, 2018

Ron was a man of great passion, I got to know him as a client, who became a friend. When we first met we had our differences and thought we would have a difficult relationship. However, the more I got to know him, I was able to see his kindness and compassion and the joy he had for life. He was an amazing person and I am sorry he is no longer with us. I will keep Jan in my prayers, my condolences for the family.

Jo Anne (Cunningham) Schmidtberger

August 10, 2018

I could not imagine why my grandparents wanted to bring another boy into the family! I though one brother was plenty. But, lo and behold, Ronnie was brought into our home and it seems there was never a dull moment after that. I especially remember how Ronnie loved to debate things - like political subjects - with Gram; things that went way over my understanding, since I was the little sister. As we all grew up and went our separate ways, I did not stay really close to Ron and Jan. But, we always exchanged cards for birthdays and Christmas and we able to get together a few times when they were in Kansas.
I know the last years were not easy for Ron and were especially hard on Jan, as she was his caretaker. Like others, I am thankful for Ron's Christian faith and witness and the fact we will be reunited one day. My sincere condolences to Jan, Erika and Russell B. I pray God will comfort them as only He can.
Jo Anne (Cunningham) Schmidtberger

David Schwartz

August 10, 2018

I remember Ronnie from Sunday school at Trinity Methodist Church. We had great fun at our youth activities, especially at his uncle's farm. He was always upbeat and positive. We never had contact after high school. It is no surprise to me that he lived his life in Christ and had such a positive impact on those he came in contact with. A life well lived!! David Lee Schwartz

Gary Cunningham

August 10, 2018

I never had a brother, so Ronnie was the nearest I had. We were raised together all through high school by my Grandmother Cunningham. We both had our own friends but were still very close. We always looked forward to our visits each time we came to Denver. I was so impressed the first time he brought Jan to Russell for one of our class reunions. What a sweetheart.
It makes loosing him easier knowing that he is now with the Father and he is no longer suffering. We miss him but know we will be united again some day. Love to Jan, Russell, and Erika from Gary & Charita

Jon Genier

August 10, 2018

My condolences to Ron's family. May the promise found at John 11:25 give you some comfort for your loss.



Ronald Bertil Olson, 82 of Denver, went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, August 5th. Ron can thank an aunt he never knew, for insisting his 16 year old father-to-be to eat breakfast before sailing from Sweden to America. It was April of 1912 and he missed his passage on the Titanic.

Ron was born on November 6, 1935 in New Jersey to Olga and Bert Olson. Ron lost his mother when he was very young and lived with various relatives in New Jersey, Sweden, and Russell, Kansas. He graduated from high school in Russell, Kansas in 1954.

When Ron’s father settled in Denver, Ron attended the University of Denver. He finished with a degree in Political Science, and graduate work in Guidance and Counseling. While at DU, he joined the Young Republicans, and has a favorite picture of himself introducing (a young) Bob Dole (of Russell) to Richard Nixon.

Ron met his wife, Jan, in the Career Class at Calvary Temple. They were married February 1, 1969, almost 50 years ago. They were blessed with daughter, Erika, who in turn blessed them with Russell “Rusty”. Ron and Jan have been 'Mom and Dad' to Russell for 17 years.

Ron had many jobs, but in 1966 he was hired as a Parole Officer by the Colorado Department of Corrections. He knew this was the work the Lord had called him to do. He had many ‘clients” coming out of the penitentiary, including Joseph Corbett who had killed Adolph Coors, III.

After his retirement in 1993, Ron served on the Arapahoe County Community Corrections Board. He stayed active in the Republican Party, even running for Colorado Senate in 2004 against Ken Gordon, who had never lost.

Ron was a member of Calvary Temple for many years serving as elder and President of the Bible Backgrounds Class. Ron and Jan took a favorite trip to Israel in 1988 with a small group from that class. He also served as a tour guide on several trips to New England and Canada with members of the class. Ron served several terms as the President of Colorado Christian School at Calvary Temple.

He was active in The American Legion Post 1, having served in the Navy. He held various offices at the Legion including being Colorado Flag Day Chairman. He was also a member of the Eagles and other organizations.

Ron loved to golf. A highlight was being a volunteer at the 78th U.S. Open in 1982 at Cherry Hills County Club. He loved to travel, and he and Jan took annual spring trips to Arizona, and three trips together to Sweden. Ron liked to garden, especially his iris, roses, and prolific tomatoes and zucchini. He was a devoted sports fan, having had Denver Bronco season tickets since his days at DU. Ron and Jan had Colorado Rockies tickets since Opening Day in 1993.

Ron was a loving and caring husband to Jan; beloved father of Erika Anne (Alabama), and Russell B. He is survived by his brother-in-law Gary (Lynda) Prickett of Fort Collins; sister, JoAnne Schmidtberger, and brother, Gary (Charita) Cunningham of Kansas. Ron considered JoAnne and Gary his brother and sister since they were all raised by Grandmother Cunningham in Russell. He is also survived by many dear cousins in Kansas, Arizona, Texas, and Sweden. He so enjoyed time spent with friends and relatives, especially friends Mike Pritchard and Hal Erickson.

Many thanks to The Denver Hospice, especially CNA’s Sylvia and Jamie who brought joy and smiles; and nurses Mary C. and Diane. Thanks to Pat and Kathy of Home Instead.
When Ron had hip surgery in 2010 he was asked to fill out the Five Wishes. He wrote down under how he wanted to be remembered:
“Never having a place to call home until Jan and I were married. I really loved our home, and Jan as our wonderful homemaker.”
“I really appreciate our Lord’s patience and love for me.”
“I want Erika and Russell B. to remember me with love and know how much I love them.”
“My concern for veterans, and their well being.”

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Ron please send any memorial contributions to The Denver Rescue Mission or to the Denver Dumb Friends League.

Revised 08/11/2018