Harold Olk

Olk, Harold "Hal" C.

Harold "Hal" Charles Olk age 90, Clintonville passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at the New London Family Medical Center.

Hal was born on March 30, 1922 in Fond du Lac, WI, the son of the late Harold V. and Claribel (Hastings) Olk. He attended St Rose Elementary School and graduated from Clintonville High School in 1939. Hal followed in the footsteps of his father becoming a pharmacist, graduating from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1943. He served during World War II in the Army Air Force from 1943-1946 when he was honorably discharged. Hal then returned to Clintonville where he began working for his father at Olk Drug Store. On September 4, 1950, Hal was united in marriage with Marjorie Battes at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bear Creek. Hal enjoyed spending time with his wife and family, playing golf, watching sporting events on T.V and playing cards, especially bridge and schafskopf. He was an avid learner and encouraged education. After his father's retirement in 1955, Hal and his brother, Jay owned the drugstore until Hal's retirement in 1989. Hal and Jay were very dedicated in keeping the store open daily over Hal's 43 years of work. Now that he was retired, he was finally able to travel to many interesting places in the United States and Europe. Over the years Hal was actively involved at St. Rose Church, Clintonville where he was a mass server, usher, Eucharistic Minister, and belonged to the Folk and Resurrection Choirs. He was a member the Clintonville Lion's Club, the Clintonville American Legion, Post #63, the Knights of Columbus, and the Clintonville Riverside Golf Course. Hal also had served on the Board of Directors at the Clintonville Savings and Loan.

Hal is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marge, his two daughters Barbara (Jerry) Wisniewski, Lyndhurst, OH and Kristine (Jerry) Slattery, Middleton; and his three sons Dan, Ames, IA; Paul (Lynn), Denver, CO; and Bob, Huntington Beach, CA; Grandchildren Patti (Jim) Feipel and Kristin (Doug) Jansky, Emily and Ella Merwin Olk, and Elyse, Ryan and Grady Slattery. Great Grandchildren: Cooper Feipel and Madeline and Trevor Jansky; Brother James (Bernice) Olk, Clintonville; nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter, Mary, son, David; and infant great granddaughter, Grace Feipel.

A funeral mass will be held 11 A.M. Saturday, October, 27, 2012 at St. Rose Church, Clintonville with Rev. John "Jack " Mullarkey and Parish Director, Lincoln Wood officiating. Interment will be in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends may call at St. Rose Catholic Church on Friday from 6 until 9 P.M. and after 10 A.M. Saturday at the church until the time of the service.

A parish prayer service will be held 8:30 P.M. Friday at the church.

Military Honors will be provided at the cemetery on Saturday by the American Legion Post # 63 and the VFW Post # 664 of Clintonville.

The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory, Clintonville is assisting his family with the arrangements. An online guestbook can be found at www.eberhardtstevenson.com.


Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Oct. 25, 2012