Obit: Olson, Byron
F. #2 (1911 - 2007)
Contact: R. Lipprandt
Surnames: BENDER FELDBRUEGGE GANZ GORDON HAMANN HOERNKE KNICKERBOCKER KRIVITZ LIEDERS LUKOWICZ MALIK MITTEN OLSON PESKO POKALLUS RAMKER REIL SALLACH TOTZKE TUTTLE VENROOY ZERTLER
----Sources: THE TRIBUNE-PHONOGRAPH (Clark County, Wis.) Wednesday 6 Jun 2007 Vol. 47, No. 23, p. 9
Olson, Byron F. "Barney" (6 June 1911 - 30 May 2007)
Bryon F. "Barney" Olson died Wednesday, May 30th, 2007 at his home.
Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, June 3rh 2007, at Community Funeral Home, Colby and Monday from 10:30 until time of services at the funeral home.
Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 4th, 2007, at Community Funeral Home, Colby. Burial was in Colby Memorial Cemetery. Monsignor John Malik presided. Pallbearers were Gregg Ganz, Ian and Shane Zertler, Brock Hoernke, Kurt Krivitz and Scott Ramker.
Byron was born June 6th, 1911, in the Town of Hull, Marathon County, to Fred A. and Sarah (Tuttle) Olson.
He graduated from Colby, Wis. High School in spite of the fact that Principal Bender chased him down the street with a rubber hose.
Byron and Ruby Lukowicz were married June 10th, 1931. Ruby preceded him in death in 1998.
Byron, his dad Fred and brother Laurence started the Cherokee Garage in 1926. They sold Chrysler cars and did general repair. In 1942 they built the new Cherokee Garage and started selling farm equipment. A few years later Byron bought the business from his brother and in 1960, his son Roger came home and went into business with him. Byron sold the business to his son in the late 1970’s. He still worked with his son in the business and continued to fix equipment until he was 85.
He enjoyed fishing in Canada, deer hunting, card playing and dancing. He was an avid walker and seldom missed a day in his later years with a pit stop at Lamont’s Service Station.
Byron is survived by his children, Phyllis (Olson) Krivitz of Colby and Roger B. (Jean) Olson of Colby; his grandchildren, Gary, Guy, and Gregg Ganz, Gale (Ganz) Hamann, Laurie, Kathy and Kurt Krivitz, Tracy (Olson) Zertler, Dawn (Olson) Pesko, Carrie (Olson) Ramker, Amber (Olson) Mitten and Tina (Olson) Gordon; his great-grandchildren Brandon, and Claire Krivitz, John and Rachel Knickerbocker, Brianna, Melissa, Tiffany, Johanna and Nicholas Ganz, Jorgen and Margaret Hamann, Jessica (Ramker) Lieders, Scott Ramker, Alexandra and Dmitry Pesko, Ian and Shane Zertler, Brock Hoernke, Tamira (Hoernke) Sallach, Carisa and Tiana Mitten, Leo Olson-Gordon and Linus Olson-Gordon; and four great-great grandchildren, Rilynn, Brekyn and Brynn Lieders and Seinna Sallach.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Ruby; one daughter Gloriette Ganz and one son in law Jorgen "Shorty" Ganz. He survived all six of his siblings, Winafred Pokallus, Grace Feldbruegge, Alva Ven Rooy, Edith Reil, Dorothy Totzke and Lawrence Olson.
Maurina-Community Funeral Home assisted the family.
Paid Obituary 23-71178
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