Elmer E. Olson, 83, of Rantoul died at 4:09 a.m. Saturday, November 10, 2012, at Prairie Village, Rantoul.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 12, 2012, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells Street, Paxton with Rev. Steve Lombardo officiating. Burial will follow in HulsCemetery, Rural Gifford.
Visitation will be one hour before the funeral service on Monday at the funeral home.
Elmer was born January 1, 1929, in Rural Penfield the son of Fred and Tennie Aden Olson. He married Sheila Stites December 19, 1951 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Gifford. She preceded him in death February 19, 1986.
Mr. Olson is survived by four sons, Dennis Olson of Savoy, Gerald Olson of Danville, Rodney Olson of Terre Haute, Scott Olson of Phoenix, AZ; three daughters, Dee Ann (Dave) Ryan of Danville, Jody (Richard) Albers of Gifford, Glenda (Randy Frerichs) Schluter of Champaign; eleven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two sisters, Margie Huls of Paxton, Marcella Stephanou of Rantoul; four brothers, Eugene (Dottie) Olson of California, Ervin Olson of Central America, Eldred (Nancy) Olson of Colfax, Earl (Carol) Olson of Rural Urbana; several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Esther Lange of Rantoul. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Elmer attended Armstrong High School. He worked Civil Service at Chanute Air Force Base for 35 years retiring in 1985. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Gifford and a former member of the Rantoul Moose and a former school board member of the Gifford Grade School. Elmer enjoyed flying and while at Chanute, he got his pilot’s license. He was a member of the Chanute Aero Club. He enjoyed playing pool and euchre and traveling to Mexico with his brother, Eldred. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Gifford or an organization of the donor’s choice.