James Russell Olson, 83, formerly of Des Moines, Iowa passed away peacefully at home on January 21, 2014 in the loving arms of his family in Anthem, Arizona, where he resided with the love of his life and wife of 60 years, Marilyn Trotter Olson. Interment of his cremated remains will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa, with arrangements by Hamilton's on Westown Parkway. The grave site is located near the western-most North-South road in the cemetery. There will be a luncheon following at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.
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Jim was born May, 7 1930 in Moorhead, Iowa to Florence Olander Olson and Mark Douglas Olson, moving to Des Moines at an early age. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1948. Jim served as a page in the Iowa Senate and attended Iowa State University with graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD in 1953, followed by marriage to Marilyn, his sweetheart of four years. He served a highly decorated career in the U.S. Air Force, achieving the rank of Colonel. He was also a graduate of George Washington University, with a Masters Degree in Public Administration.
Jim is survived by his wife, Marilyn; three daughters, Vicki Salmon (Will) of Fairbanks, AK, Denise Staten of Anthem, AZ, and Michelle Colaiacovo (John) of Anthem, AZ. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and brother-in-law, Ron (Carol) Trotter. Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Florence Olander Olson; brother, Richard Lyle Olson; sisters, Janice Colacino and Eunice Mills Walker; along with father and mother-in-law, Pete and Lois Trotter (Noel).
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to: Daisy Mountain Veterans, c/o Dennis Hider, 2723 W. Plum Hollow Dr., Anthem, AZ 85086, email@example.com or to Lincoln High School, ALHS Alumni Foundation, Dollars for Scholars, 2600 SW 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50315.
Hamilton's Funeral Home
3601 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Published in Des Moines Register on Apr. 27, 2014