Gregory Eugene Olson

Born: Sat., Dec. 30, 1950
Died: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Aug. 18, 2019
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Vigil Service

4:00 PM Sun., Aug. 18, 2019
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Mass of Christian Burial

12:00 PM Mon., Aug. 19, 2019
Location: St. Pius X Catholic Church

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Gregory Eugene Olson passed away at the age of 68 on Monday, August 12, 2019 at his home in Granger, IN. Greg was born December 30, 1950 in South Bend, IN to Eugene and Cathryn (DeMunck) Olson both of whom preceded him in death. He graduated from St. Joseph High School and Indiana University South Bend. On May 21, 1988, he married Kathryn Straw. They were blessed with 2 children, Drew and Abigail. 

Greg worked at AM General as an accountant for over 35 years. He enjoyed being a Cub and Boy Scout master, coaching little league and being involved at his church.  After retiring from AM General, he worked at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore and ushered at Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Greg enjoyed playing many card games with family and friends especially euchre. He was an avid reader and music lover, owning thousands of books and records. Over the last few years his faith became very important to him and he did everything he could to reconcile with God and His church. Thanks be to God, he was ultimately able to receive the sacraments of Confession, Anointing and Communion in preparation for his death. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. 

Greg is survived by his wife, Kathy of Granger, IN, his children, Fr. Drew Gregory Olson of Janesville, WI, and Abby (Jason) Brown of South Bend, IN, his first grandchild, Jason Jr born July 14, 2019, his siblings, Jennifer Olson of Plano, TX, Lisabeth Olson of Columbia, SC and Jonathon Olson of Maui, HI, his brothers-in-law, Andrew (Judith) Straw of Penfield, NY and Jeffrey Straw of Bonita Springs, FL. He is also survived by a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Family and friends can visit at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road, South Bend, IN 46635, on Sunday, August 18, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., where a Vigil Service will be recited at 4:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint Pius X Catholic Church, 52553 Fir Road, Granger, IN, 46530 on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 12 noon, with his son, Fr. Drew Gregory Olson, presiding. Friends may also visit with the family one hour prior to the Mass on Monday at the church. Graveside services will follow at Highland Cemetery, Portage Avenue, South Bend, IN. Memorial contributions can be made in Greg’s honor to Saint Pius X Catholic Church, 52553 Fir Road, Granger, IN 46530 or Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, 4915 St. Elmo Avenue, Suite 202, Bethesda, MD, 20814 or online at Condolences can be made at 


Charitable donations may be made in Gregory's memory to the following organizations:

Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network
4915 St. Elmo Avenue, Suite 202, Bethesda, MD, 20814 or online at

St. Pius X Catholic Church
52553 Fir Road, Granger, IN 46530

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Jonathan Dosmann
   Posted Thu August 15, 2019
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Been reflecting a lot over the last few days about how great a guy Greg was and how fondly I remember him. He did a lot for our scout troop when I was a kid and he helped make a lot of young boys better men. I really enjoyed catching up with him a few years ago at Mr. R's funeral. I've even reached out to a few old scouting friends and everyone was saddened to hear the news. Hope it helps to know the reach he had and the force for good he was.

Laura Byington
   Posted Sat August 17, 2019

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by The Byington and Straw families.

Debra Kinney
   Posted Sun August 18, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to all of your family. My Dad, Paul Rogers, and Greg's Dad, Eugene, were first cousins. The Paul Rogers Family

Nick Hegyi
   Posted Mon August 19, 2019
Mr. Olson was a positive force in my scouting experience. He served as my den leader in Webalos and served as our assistant scout master / interim scout master in Troop 555. Although he took his responsibilities seriously he made sure we all had a fun time. I'll never forget the time he had to canoe with me on our annual canoeing camp out. I was pretty new to the troop and I think we were both novices at canoeing. We were about 100 feet from pulling onto the shore for lunch when we went over a submerged stump and flipped the canoe. Lucky for him it was the only time I ever did it on the trip. Of course it was always a treat when he was able to bring a Hummer along on our camp outs and other scouting events. My experiences in Scouting are very important to me and it was an honor to have Mr. Olson be part of them. He will be missed.

Ralph Chippas
   Posted Mon August 19, 2019
Very sorry to hear of Greg's passing - he was a good man and I always enjoyed his company. I will pray that he shares in the many blessings of the Lord. You and your family have my deepest sympathy.