Staff Sgt. Frank J. Olson, Retired, 72 years old, of Glendale Heights, passed away on May 4th, 2022
He was the beloved husband of Linda nee Winter for 50 years; loving father of Eric (Kolina) Olson, Jamie (Brian) Guevara, Stephanie (Andy) Hodder, Brandon (Donna) Olson; fond grandfather to Rhianna, Adam, Sophia, Elizabeth, Adam, Jordan, Kristen, Caiden, Ronin, Shea, Logan, Maxwell, Lyla, Leighton, Scarlett, and great-grandfather to Marcey; dear brother to Glen (Janet) Olson, and Glenda (Bruno) Shimkus; loving uncle and relative to many, who will miss him greatly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Alice Olson, and his sister, Pauline Olson.
Frank served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1969-70 where he was an Army Ranger and Green Beret. He was part of the 1st Infantry Division “The Big Red One.” During his time in the service, he was a decorated soldier receiving the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After the war he was stationed as a Tank Commander in Germany. He would then go on to serve in the United States Navy Reserve for 4 years before returning to the Army serving 7 years in the Reserves and 18 years Active Guard Reserve (AGR).
He was a longtime Lombardian, graduating from Glenbard East in 1967. He worked as a groundskeeper at Lilacia Park. He would also drive and work on the tanks in Cantigny Park in Wheaton.
Frank enjoyed collecting military memorabilia and was a Civil War Re-enactor with the “10th Illinois”.
He had an artistic side as well, which he channeled in to painting, cartooning, and writing poetry.
A Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 10th, from 2 – 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. Interment will be held on Wednesday, May 11th, at 10:00 AM at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.
Memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project, 230 W Monroe St Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60606, are appreciated.
Info www.brustfuneralhome.com or 888-629-0094.
Wounded Warrior Project
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