John Olson, 52John Magnus Olson, 52, was welcomed to heaven on November 14, 2010.
John Magnus Olson, 52, was welcomed to heaven on November 14, 2010. He passed away at his home in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin with his wife, Annette, his daughters, Hailey and Jasmine, Hailey’s husband Adam, best friend Jeremy and Jasmine’s best friend Steph, who John considered his third daughter, by his side. He was a former resident of Alexandria.
John was born April 21, 1958 to Stanley and Ellie (Johannessen) Olson in Chicago, Illinois. He moved to Alexandria with his family during his teenage years. He attended Jefferson High School and received his associates degree from Alexandria Technical College in marine and small engines.
In 1983 he married Annette (Zavadil) Olson. Married for 27 years, they raised two daughters, Hailey and Jasmine. In 2005, John and his family moved to Hamilton, Ohio and in 2008 moved to Mount Horeb, Wisconsin to enjoy being closer to family.
John was employed with Juno Tool and Plastics of Alexandria for 28 years prior to moving to Hamilton, Ohio where he became employed with Amkotron, Inc. After moving to Wisconsin, he worked for Extended Stay Hotels, where he took much pride in his work.
John enjoyed spending time with his wife and kids, who he always referred to as his “three girls.” Family vacations to warm climates and white sandy beaches were a family tradition every year. John spent numerous hours working with wood and building creative items for his family and friends. His pride and joy was his 1980 Corvette. He enjoyed working on old cars and making them one of a kind. He helped both of his daughters buy their first car and restore them. During the winter months he enjoyed building models with his daughter Jasmine and free-hand drawing with his daughter Hailey.
What began as chest cold in October of 2010, he was diagnosed on October 8, 2010 with stage IV melanoma cancer. He was able to remain at home during treatments and spend much quality time with his three girls and close friends. John was a fighter and very optimistic and never once did he question “why me” and did not want to give up. During this time he always said “one day at a time” and “what’s the next step.”
John was one of a kind and will be greatly missed by his loved ones.
Dad, we love you and will miss you very, very much.
John is survived by his wife, Annette Olson; daughters, Hailey (Adam) Munsch of Winona, Jasmine Olson of Mount Horeb, WI; mother, Ellie Olson of Alexandria; and sister, Kristine (Rallie) Kvilhaug of Alexandria. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and other loved ones.
He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley Olson.
A memorial service for John will be held Saturday, November 20 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria with Pastor Mark Astrup officiating.
Family visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
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