Sylvan “Ole” Olsen age 82 of Coleridge, Nebraska died on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Faith Regional Hospital in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Funeral Services will be on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Coleridge with the Rev. Russ Lambert officiating. Burial will be at the Lawn Ridge Cemetery in Coleridge with military rites by the Coleridge American Legion Post #114 and the Legion Riders. Visitation will be on Friday, at church, from 5-7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday, at church, one hour prior to services. Face masks and social distancing are required for the visitation and funeral. You may watch a live stream of the funeral at www.facebook.com/WintzRay/live/
Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Coleridge.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren: Monte (Lyndsey) Olsen, Mallory (Christopher) Miess, Luther Olsen, Taylor (James) Olsen Neel, Shelby (Shane) Olsen Asmus, Aaron Olsen, Ross Olsen, and Keely Olsen.
Ole was born on October 4, 1938 on his Grandpa George Janssen’s farm outside of Coleridge, Nebraska to Murl and Bernice (Janssen) Olsen. Ole attended both elementary and High School in Coleridge and graduated in 1956. Fresh out of high school, he volunteered for the U.S. Army. He served in Korea, Fort Bragg, NC and Fort Carson, CO. After serving he worked for Beach Craft in Wichita, KS before returning home to work on Grandpa Janssen’s farm. In 1960 he married the love of his life, Linda Lorraine Lofgren. They started farming and raised their three sons on the farm. Farming was Ole’s passion which he did for the remainder of his life.
Sylvan belonged to the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Coleridge, served on church council, and volunteered to do snow removal for the church for 40 years. He also coached town team baseball for many years. Ole worked for Whole Hog Genetics for the past several years. He was an avid Bulldog and Husker fan and a true patriot. He loved to play cards (his house – his rules). Ole enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow up and prosper and enjoyed visiting with most anyone.
Sylvan is survived by his wife Linda of Coleridge; three sons Monte (Jill) Olsen of Grandview, MO, Kirk (Sharon) Olsen of Coleridge, NE, and Mike (Denise) Olsen of Coleridge; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren – Grace, Kellar, Lily Olsen, Asa, Amariyah Miess, and Kolby Neel.
He was preceded in death by his parents Murlin and Bernice Olsen, sisters and brothers-in-law Yvonne and Duane Dirks, Marcia and Donald Feelhaver; an infant brother Monte Dean Olsen.