GENEVA – Neil Kenneth Olson, 81, of Geneva, passed away early Monday morning. Neil was born in St. Charles in 1932, the son of Arnold and Mildred Olson. He grew up there and attended St. Charles High School, graduating in the class of 1950.|
Soon after, Neil joined the U.S. Air Force, where he continued his love of music, playing trombone in the band. He held on to this interest throughout the remainder of his life, adding the string bass and electric bass to his repertoire. Neil played in many bands and orchestras.
His military service allowed Neil to attend Northern Illinois University, where he received a bachelor's degree in business and later returned to obtain a master's degree in business administration.
After completing his education, Neil worked at several different companies, successfully honing and applying his skills in the business world. Most notably, he worked for Fermilab and the city of Batavia, from which he retired after many years of work.
In 1966, Neil fell in love and married Barbara Johnson. Shortly after, Neil and Barb established a home in Geneva where Neil was to spend the reminder of his life. Over the years, their family grew with the addition of a daughter and two sons.
He was a lifelong member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles. Over the years, Neil stayed active in several organizations. He was most proud of his 50-year membership with the American Legion, being an active member of American Legion Post 75 in Geneva. Neil was extremely proud of his Swedish heritage, displaying this as a member of Vasa Park and Viljan Lodge 349.
Neil had a diverse array of interests that included a love of owning and maintaining an antique vehicle, which he showcased in many a local parade and toured as a member of the Dairyland Region Plymouth Club. Neil also kept busy maintaining a second residence in Wisconsin, in which he enjoyed many a vacation with family and friends.
Neil will be remembered for his quick wit and dry humor, always chiding friends and family. He was also a lover of local history and always had a story to share of bygone days.
Neil was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Mildred Olson; and one brother, Donald Lloyd Olson; and is survived by his wife of 40-plus years, Barbara; and three children, Eric, Inger and Peter.
The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles. Burial will be in Union Cemetery in St. Charles.
To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, visit the funeral home's obituary page at www.yursfuneralhomes.com. For more information, please call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles, 630-584-0060 or like it on Facebook.
Published in Kane County Chronicle on July 17, 2013