Donna Sue (Necas) Olson (1965 - 2016)

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  • "So sorry for your loss Bryan. Donna was a wonderful person..."
    - Wayne Kendle
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Donna Sue Olson was born on March 13, 1965, and passed away on Nov. 12, 2016, at the VA Hospital in Des Moines, surrounded by those who loved her most.  She was 51 years old. The funeral was at 2:00 pm on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 at the Gray United Methodist Church with Pastor Lori Shannon officiating. Burial was at the Gray Cemetery.   
Donna was born in Rapid City, S.D., to Robert and Judy Necas.  She had four siblings: Connie Appell, Jeanne Myers, John Necas, and Josh Necas.  When Donna was nine years old, she and her family moved to Douglas, Ariz., where she spent her childhood and graduated high school in 1983.  Later that year, Donna joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colo.  It was there that she met the love of her life, Bryan Olson, son of Roger and Judy Olson of Gray.  Donna and Bryan were married in Nov. 24, 1984.  Together they had two daughters, Jenna Carter and Amanda Schroeder.  Anyone who knew Donna and Bryan knew that they had the real-life love story.  They celebrated 31 years of marriage together.
Donna served in the USAF for 20 years, living in various places around the world: Lowry AFB in Denver, Colo.; Azores, Portugal; Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City, Okla.; Randolph AFB in San Antonio, Texas; Ramstein AFB in Ramstein, Germany; and Offutt AFB in Omaha, Neb.  She worked in information management and at one time was one of the nation's top Air Force recruiters.  Donna retired from the military in Gray, in 2003.  She then worked at AMVC as a Human Resources Manager and permanently retired in 2007 due to health issues.  Donna enjoyed marathon running, biking, roller-blading, cooking, and shopping, but most of all, she loved being with her family, especially her husband, children, and grandchildren.  Donna had a heart of gold.  She was a loving, caring, and compassionate wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend.  She had a smile that would brighten the room and a laugh that was contagious.  Donna will be missed by many.
Donna is preceded in death by her grandparents, Albert and Frances Necas, and Herman and Margaret Teiken.
Donna is survived by her husband, Bryan; her oldest daughter Jenna of Minneapolis, Minn., her husband Michael Carter, and their children Dylan and Evelyn; her youngest daughter Amanda of Northwood, and her husband Mitchell Schroeder, and their children Quinn, Emma, Walter, Lillian, and Wyatt.  Donna is also survived by her parents, Robert and Judy Necas of Douglas, Ariz.; her oldest sister Connie Appell of Tucson, Ariz. and husband Karl, and their children Matthew and Jason; older sister Jeanne Myers of Cedar Rapids, and husband Kevin Myers, and son Joe Arellano; younger brother John Necas of Douglas, Ariz., and wife Laura, and their children Reese, Cade, and Jace; and youngest brother Josh Necas of Tucson, Ariz., and wife Jennifer, and their children Chris, Haley, and Aubrey.
Schroeder and Sites Funeral Home in Northwood, is in charge of arrangements. 641-324-1121, www.schroederandsites.com
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Nov. 18 to Nov. 25, 2016
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