Robert Herman Olofson Robert 'Bob' Herman Olofson, lovingly known as Swede, of Georgetown, passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2013, at the age of 72. Bob was born June 15, 1940 in Denver, Colorado to the late Hilding and Ebba Marie Olofson. After high school Bob, joined the military and served his country honorably in the United States Army, the United States Naval Reserves, and the Air National Guard. Following his military service, in 1965 he hand-built a race car for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb that was featured on the cover and Car and Driver magazine. Bob worked throughout the country in the aviation and electronic industries. While working at NASA on the Saturn 5 rocket project in Mississippi, he met the love of his life, Jacqueline Dee Culley; the couple was married on December 7, 1969. Bob was a test pilot and engineer working everywhere from South Africa to Libya. He was proud of the fact that there was not a plane in production that he was not checked out to fly. The Olofson family, moved often, as Bob worked closely with the military. During Desert Storm, he led a project to build planes that helped train fighter pilots and save American lives. Bob finally retired from the aviation field and settled in Georgetown. He returned to his true passion in life, restoring and building cars. Bob took pride in bringing them back to their original state. Eventually his hobby turned into a small business 'Swede's Classic Cars'. He worked on variety of vehicles, but has become best known for the restoration of 1948 & 1949 Dodge Power Wagons. He showed them competitively on the International Show Car Association circuit. The 1948 Power Wagon competed in the 2011 ISCA Championship finals and was the reigning ISCA Off-road champion. Bob was the 2012 winner of the ISCA Master Builder award for his work on the Power Wagons. Bob was a founding member of the Georgetown Area Car Club and served as President for several years before focusing his efforts on the club's annual charity car show. Bob is preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 29 years, Jacqueline. Bob will be missed by his children, Erik and his wife Allison and his daughter Stephanie 'SMO' Olofson; his brother, Gerald; loving four legged grandchildren, Dexter and Driller. Erik, Allison, and Stephanie would also like to honor, Bob's second family, the Stewarts. Visitation will be held on Monday, February 18, 2013 at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel, 393 North IH35, Georgetown, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. A service celebrating Bob's life will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 10:00AM at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at IOOF Cemetery, Georgetown. The celebration of Bob's life will conclude a parade of classic cars with him in lead in one of his champion Power Wagons to the cemetery. In lieu flowers, the family would like to donations to the GTACC scholarship fund. Personal words of comfort may be sent the family online at www.gabrielsfuneral.com.
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Published in Austin American-Statesman on February 18, 2013