JOHN S. OLSON, 54, of Fort Wayne, was called home Saturday, April 30, 2005, at Parkview Hospital, following a long battle with Lou Gerhigs (ALS) disease. Born July 5, 1950, in Fort Wayne, he was a sprinkler fitter for Shambaugh & Sons Contractor. He was a member of the National Sprinklers Fitters Local 669. He was a member of St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church. He was a soccer coach and enjoyed carpentry. Survived by wife, Jan A. Olson; father, Richard B. Olson and stepmother, Mary Smith-Olson of Fort Wayne; sons, E.J. (Christina) Olson of Fishers, Chad (Erin) Olson, Adam (Sarah) Olson and Andrew Olson, all of Fort Wayne; brothers, Michael (Kathleen) Olson of Fort Wayne, James (Tracy) Olson of Clermont, Fla., Frederick Olson of Angola, Joseph K. Olson of Logansport, Charles Olson and Richard G. (Elise) Olson, both of Fort Wayne; sisters, Mimi (John) McArdle of Austin, Texas, Phyllis (Jim) Millhouse of Fort Wayne, Victoria Gates of Coldwater, Mich. and Patti (Bill) Rivera of Fort Wayne; four grandchildren, Cameron, Dylan, Lillie and Charlie; 23 nieces and nephews; 14 great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Olympia Olson. Mass of Chrisitan Burial is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church, 1320 E. Wallen Road, with calling one hour prior to Mass. Calling is also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road, with vigil at 4:30 p.m. Burial at Catholic Cemetery. Memorials to Olson ALS Foundation Inc., 433 Council Drive, Fort Wayne, Ind., 46825.
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers from May 1 to May 2, 2005.