John Olson

Obituary of John N. Olson

John Norman Olson was born to Silas & Ann Olson on June 19th, 1935 in Sargent Bluffs IA

He died on August 13, 2022 while residing at the Genesis Adult Care Home in Gladstone. He was eight-seven years old.

· He is survived by his two children, Kimberly & Harold Otterlei of Oregon City and Kirk & Stacey Olson of McMinnville,

· his six grandchildren, Clairissa & Colby Stephens of Oregon City, Phoenix Otterlei of Oregon City, Anders & Julia Otterlei of Portland; Jared & Karen Olson of Fairfield, CA; Benjamin Olson of Cheyenne, WY, and Renae & Kyle Shoemaker of Eugene.

· Furthermore, he is survived by eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

· He is predeceased by his wife, Sandra Olson and two brothers, Douglas and Stan Olson.

Growing up in Sloan, IA. He learned to drive at age seven on a Model A. The family lived eight miles from the family farm. He drove himself to the farm!

He grew up in IA on the farm.

His dad, a State Farm Agent, was legally blind. John would drive him to his appointments at age 12.

Age 13, they moved to Salem

He initially worked on the family farm and at the canneries.

John graduated from Salem Christian Academy. He also attended Willamette & Westmont Universities and then graduated from PSU with a BA in business and psychology.

He married in 1961. After a few years, the marriage fell apart. As a follower of Jesus, this brought him to a point of soul-searching. He got involved at Bethlehem Church in Lake Oswego where his faith grew deeper. His life became more focused on the Lord. In 1972, he married an outstanding woman of God, Sandra Dickenson. The two of them were strong lay leaders at Bethlehem Church for many years, making a significant impact.

He discipled men, helping them in their walk with the Lord so that they could be godly husbands and loving fathers of their children along with being leaders in their communities.

His careers were mostly in sales. He worked for Glass Dahlstrom for several years. He formed his own LLC, Olson Communications where he operated as

a printing broker for forty years—finding the right match of printers for his customers.

He enjoyed men’s retreats at the Washington Family Ranch in the high desert. He was involved with Good Samaritan Ministries in Beaverton. At one point, that took him to Senegal, Africa on a short-term mission trip. Promise Keepers was a great source of encouragement for him. He was very involved in the Portland Business Luncheons, which sought to introduce men to the hope of Christ. He really liked going to the Abbey at Mt Angel. He found it to be a great place for reflection on his relationship with Christ.

John was a man who drew the respect of his peers. He sought to live a balanced life. He enjoyed golf, was a fan of the Oregon Ducks and liked hanging out with other guys.

He will be missed by so many. He now resides in Heaven in the presence of our Heavenly Father. He no longer struggles with CHF, liver and kidney failure. He has a perfected body. How can we say that? We say that in faith in God and faith in his word—the Bible.

John 5:24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.

John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;

Rev 1:18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

That is, Jesus decides who is worthy of Heaven and who is not.

John 14:1-3 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

Phil 3:20f But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

If John was here with us, he would say, “Go with peace in the Name of the Father".

Please join us for a memorial service to celebrate the life of John N Olson. We will gather together on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 2:00 pm. Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, 4040 Sunset Dr, Lake Oswego, OR 97035


Come to remember our beloved father and friend who will be greatly missed. Please bring your fondest memories of John to share. Reception following.


John Olson Memorial Fund

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Memorial Service

2:00 pm
Saturday, October 22, 2022
Lake Grove Presbyterian Church
4040 Sunset Dr.
Lake Oswego, Oregon, United States
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