DIXON – Gary A. Olsen, 66, of Dixon, died Thursday, June 5, 2014, at his home. He worked for the state Department of Corrections for 32 years, retiring as a corrections lieutenant.
Gary was born Sept. 7, 1947, in Morris, the son of Carl and Dorothy (Henderson) Olsen. He married Donna Ingram on Nov. 17, 1984, in Dwight. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Gary was a member of the National Rifle Association, and was one of the first to receive his concealed carry card. He also was a member of the Dixon Evening Lions Club. He was an avid Green Bay Packers and NASCAR fan, and frequently visited Talladega and Texas Motor Speedway. The most important thing in Gary’s life was spending time with his family. During his retirement, his favorite saying was, he was “living a dream.”
Survivors include his wife, Donna Olsen; three sons, David (Nancy) Olsen, Chris (Cassie) Olsen, and Aaron Olsen; one brother, Jeff Marx; one sister, Carla (Jim Hodge) Olsen; one sister-in-law, Connie Marx; six grandchildren, Nathaniel Olsen, Nick Olsen, Ryan Olsen, Adra Olsen, Sunnie Simmons, and Dillon Eklund; two great-grandchildren, Braxton and Sophia; six nieces and nephews, Brandon (Traci) Townsend, Brent (Kim) Townsend, Brina (Jason) Boldig, Sara (Stephen) Cruther, Emily Marx, and Katie Marx; and one great-niece, Holly “Dolly” Cruther.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Greg Marx.
A celebration of life will be at a later date. Cremation rites will be accorded. Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gary’s family.
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