ANDREW H. 'ANDY' OLESEN, 65 ROCKFORD - Andrew H. "Andy" Olesen, 65, of Rockford died Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, in a helicopter accident. Born Feb. 23, 1947, the son of Anker and Sena (Kuhlmann) Olesen. Andy married Patricia Beck on Sept. 12, 1970,in Pierre, S.D. Andy served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot. He was a Vietnam veteran. He was a longtime member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He enjoyed playing golf, racquetball, and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. Andy was a member of the "REACT" team for Rockford Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Pat of Rockford; son, Tony (Julie) Olesen of Round Rock, Texas; daughter, Michelle (Rufo) Reyes of Fort Worth, Texas; grandchildren, Jacob, Caitlin and Addison Olesen; sisters, Kathryn Nordstrom of Yankton, S.D., and Connie (David) Selleck of Portland, Oregon; and nieces, Cindy Filips and Sherry Nordstrom, and their families. Predeceased by his parents and sister, Barbara. Memorial service at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4620 20th St., Rockford, with the Rev. Ralph Kuespert officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family for a memorial to be established in Andy's name. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services Ltd. To share a memory or online condolence, visit olsonfh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 13 to Dec. 14, 2012