Reginald Olson(1950 - 2014)

Reginald Alan Olson

Nunda, SD- Reginald "Reggie" Olson, age 63, died at his home under the care of Madison Hospice on March 5, 2014.

He was born on June 19, 1950 at Madison to Orland and Shirlee (King) Olson. He married DaNeil Pearson on April 28, 1973 at Center, SD.

He is survived by his wife - DaNeil of Nunda. One son - Dustin of Sioux Falls. Three daughters - Kelli (William) Moffitt of Sioux Falls, Amber (Toby) Bryant of Hartford, BreeAna Olson of Nunda, SD. Six grandchildren, Tevan Bryant, Dessa Bryant, Brogan Moffitt, Autumn Bryant, Beckett Moffitt and Hadley Bryant. His mother - Shirlee Olson of Nunda, two brothers - Randy (Celene) of Sioux Falls and Jim of Edina, MN.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Calvary Free Lutheran church in Arlington with Rev Brian Ricke officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Lake Park Cemetery, Rutland, SD.

He grew up on a farm by Nunda. He graduated from Rutland High School in 1968. He attended General Beadle State College (DSU) before joining the US Army where he served in Italy. After the service he returned to farming with his dad.

He refereed high school basketball and football for 40 years which included three state football championship games. He was a member of the Great Pretenders Singing Quartet for 20 years singing at state and county fairs and churchs throughout the area. He played fast pitch softball, served on the Lake Park Cemetery Board and Summit Township Board. He also served as board President at Calvary Free Lutheran Church. He was recently awarded the Doug Koester Award from the High School Officials Association for his contributions to high school sports and his community. He was instrumental in organizing the Mike Entringer Basketball Classic and Scholarship in honor of his friend and referee partner. He was also the Athletic Director for Rutland School District and a member of the Nunda American Legion.

The family will be present at 5:00 PM on Friday at the Weiland Funeral Chapel which is in charge of the arrangements.

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Weiland Funeral Chapel
320 N Egan Ave Madison, SD 57042
(605) 256-2870

Published in The Argus Leader on Mar. 7, 2014