Donald H. Olson

Born: Fri., Mar. 30, 1934
Died: Fri., Jul. 30, 2010

Memorial Service

12:00 PM Tue., Aug. 10, 2010

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Donald H. Olson

March 30, 1934 - July 30, 2010
SOUTH BEND - Don Olson passed away at home on July 30, 2010, after a long battle with leukemia. He leaves his children, Amy Olson Clifford (Les Miller), A. Lynn Gasvoda (Mike), Daniel Olson, and grandson, Cameron Rutledge. His wife, Patricia, predeceased him in November 2006, as well as his brother Dick in 1981. He also leaves his brother, Ed (Margaret), and three nephews, Eric (Karol), Jeff (Becky) and Chris (Tia); a niece, Robin (Reza); 13 great-nieces and nephews; as well as his brother-in-law, Bob Lee (Shari). Don was born in Worcester, Mass., to Niles and Marion Olson.

Our father loved the Cape and had several stories of sleeping on the shore as a young man. He went to Clark University and to Rutgers University. He came to Niles, Michigan, in 1961 with National Standard where he met our mother. They lived in five states and built 10 homes together. He was a good husband and father, and was active right to the end. He loved his garden and his cats. He also was adamantly opposed to discrimination of any kind and proudly belonged to the Michiana area PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Chapter with our mother. He loved Car Talk and NPR in general.

We wish to thank Dr. Rafat Ansari for his care as well as the staff at Michiana Hemotology Oncology. He was an active member with Zion United Church of Christ and the GLBT Resource Center of Michiana, and the Read to a Child program at Perley School.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, at 12 noon in Zion United Church of Christ, 715 E Wayne Street, South Bend. A luncheon will follow the service in the basement of the church. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Indiana ( or 941 E 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240) and to PFLAG (PO Box 4195, South Bend, IN 46634) would be greatly appreciated. Welsheimer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Donald's memory to the following organization:

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
495 Old Conn. Path, Framingham, MA 01701
Tel: 800 688 6572

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Steve & Nancy Burton
   Posted Thu August 05, 2010
Amy, Lynn, and Danny:
Although we haven't seen you since you were youngsters we want you to know that we are thinking of you all at this sad time. It is tough to lose a parent. We have so many wonderful memories of Don (and Patty too) and want you to know you are in our thoughts. Don went from grammar school through Clark University with me (Steve Burton) and was an usher at our wedding. We had many terrific times on Cape Cod during our college years. The group of guys who went to the Cape and slept on the beaches were known as Grundy's. Then we reconnected after college when Don & Patty moved to Shrewsbury, Mass. where we were living and had many good times together at each other's home for cookouts, etc. And we visited Don & Patty in Niles, MI on one of our vacations in the mid to late sixties. We also had many fun parties at Don's mother's house in Worcester. Marion made the best brownies we ever tasted! Somewhere I have her recipe. We wish we could be at Don's service on Tuesday but it won't be possible but we will keep you in our thoughts. With love and sympathy, Steve & Nancy Burton, Damariscotta, Maine.

maureen and ted coghlin
   Posted Sat August 07, 2010
We grew up with Donald and his two brothers Edward and "Olie" Dick. Maureen lived next door on Chalmers Road. Worcester, MA. Our daughter has Marian Olson's rocking chair - she takes good care of it at her cape cod home. Marian and the boys were staunch Republicans. Sherriff Bill Bennetts parties at 2 Chalmers Rd were always the best. Classical High memories include Donalds active role boosting teams and always encouraging fellow students to do their best. We are saddened by your loss. Maureen and Ted.

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