Buddy A. Olson, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, November 27, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
A celebration of Buddy's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, December 1, 2012, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, November 30, 2012 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.
Buddy Allen Olson was born on July 23, 1937 in Aurora, Illinois, to Donald E. and Johnetta P. (Francois) Olson. He was a 1956 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then entered the military in the Army Reserves. He married Myrna Petersen on November 2, 1957 in Maquoketa, Iowa.
After receiving an honorable discharge, Buddy worked for Carl Rotman and Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for a short time. He then began a career in law enforcement and entered the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. He received his officer's training and then worked for the Maquoketa Police Department for 22 years, 15 of those as the Chief of Police. He retired from law enforcement and became the Emergency Management Coordinator for Jackson County for over 20 years. He also farmed and owned and operated Olson Security, Inc. in Maquoketa for 25 years retiring in 2007. Buddy and Myrna sold the farm and moved to town in 2011.
Buddy was a member of the Maquoketa Optimist Club, Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club, Andrew AMVETS Post #62 and the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. He was a lifetime member and past president of the Iowa Association of Chiefs of Police and Peace Officers and at one time had served on the Salvation Army Board of Directors.
Buddy enjoyed tinkering in his yard and farming. He loved taking his dogs for a ride, especially his dog, "Fuzz".
Those left to honor Buddy's memory include his wife, Myrna Olson of Maquoketa, IA; sons, David (Karla) Olson of Maquoketa, IA, and Jay (Sherri Swan) Olson of Maquoketa, IA; a brother, James "Jim" (Bonnie) Olson of Murphy, NC; 2 grandchildren, Jenna and Jessica; 1 step-grandchild, Kenny; several other grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Shirley Olson of Maquoketa, IA, Shirley Gartman of Maquoketa, IA, and Dee (Warren) Keenan of Yucaipa, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 2 brothers, Donald and John.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Buddy A. Olson memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
Buddy Justin and Georgee I'm sure have farms next to each in heaven.
Myrna, Jay, Dave and Families, my deepest sympathy at this time. May Gods love bring you comfort and realize hes looking over you always. Buddy and Jim always hadgreat school stories to tell. Now their all in heaven waiting for us. Loveyou all
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Myrna and family I am sorry to hear of Buddy's passing you and us and Buddy had some great times together when we were younger. My prayers are with you all.
Wanted to be with you today but Ernie is in bad health
Myrna and family. You have my sympathy at this time of your loss.
Myrna, our thoughts are with you and your family. Buddy was a great guy and will be missed.
Myrna, David, and Jay; I am sorry to hear that Buddy has passed. I've known him since I was a little kid & have always enjoyed talking to him. He was a close friend of my dad's (Keith Kenniker) Buddy was one of the good ones. Please accept my condolences.
To Dave and Jay and their families and Myrna I know it has been a long time but I will never forget the fun memories I had with Buddy growing up. Chris (my husband) and my sympathy, thoughts, and prayers are with you as you travel through this rough time. It is tough losing a Dad but keep in mind he is always going to be with you in spirit.
My thoughts and prayers goes out to Myma and family. I knew Buddy years ago as we were neighbors and went to the one room school together. Stay close to family and friends thur this sad time and treasure the many moments your shared.
Myrna and family,My thoughts and prayers are with all of you! He was a very kind and special person.
To Jay and all the Olson family I would like to express my deepest sympathy and to let you know prayers are headed your way...Buddy was a good man, he will be greatly missed!
Dear Myrna and Family: We are thinking of you today and remembering that Buddy was truly one of Maquoketa's "Good Guys."
Always happy with that mischeivious grin that let all know he was enjoying life. We had SO many laughs together over the years.
The Maquoketa PD became a REAL police force under his guidance and he was always the 'public spirited citizen.'
Guys like Buddy only come along once in a great while. He will be missed by all who knew him. RIP
My thoughts are with you and your family. I have lots of memories of Buddy and my dad from when I was little. Those were some great times. Both of you are wonderful people!
Many lovely memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
Myrna and family
Please accept our sympathy for Buddy's passing. We always enjoyed him. He will be greatly missed. Marv & Mardonna Richeal
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Myrna and family,
It was so nice talking with you this morning Myrna. Our friendship goes back to the Pershing Road days and we will always remember that. Buddy will be missed by so many. Memories through remembering your life together and through the pictures that you said Jay was going through will keep him close to you all.
My memory of Buddy Olsen came after I first got my driver's license and my friends and I were in my parents car on Main Street in Maquoketa. Buddy was a police officer then and I took off when the light was still "red" hitting the back of his police car. He got out of the car, came back and said to me "What are you doing?" I told him I thought the light had turned "green." He looked up at the light and said, "Nope." I begged him not to call my Mom and he said "Is it okay if I call your Dad?" I said, "Yes, please just call my Dad." I knew if Mom found out I'd be in BIG trouble. Well, Dad came and he and Buddy talked quietly for awhile and then he came over and said, "Sharon, you can go." I took off!! He never charged me (there wasn't any damage to anyone's car) and my Mom never found out. Whew!!! Many times I tell that story! LOL I owe you one Mr. Olson!
And to his family, I am so sorry for you loss. He was a great guy!
Dave and family,
I am so sorry to hear about your dad! He will always be remembered as wonderful husband, father and community leader..your family will be in my thoughts and prayers! God Bless...
Myrna & Family
So sorry to hear of Buddy's passing. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Myrna and boys, Dale and I are so sorry to hear about Buddy passing away, he always had a smile for us at Family Pharmacy, you are in our thoughts.
Mryna and family, Our sincere sympathy to you in the sudden passing of Buddy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Myrna and family -I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Buddy was a classmate of mine, so I remember him from those school days. He was a great guy and will be missed by everyone.
My thoughts and prayers go out to David, and family at the loss of their father and husband, may he rest in peace!
I am saddened to hear of Buddy's passing. I have some great memories of him. He will be missed.
I'm sorry to hear about Buddy. Had lots of good memories together back when I was younger. My thoughts and prayers are with your family!
So sorry to hear of Buddy's passing. He was such a wonderful guy. The whole community will feel the loss of someone special. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. If you need anything at all, don't hesitate to call.
So sorry for your loss. He was a great guy!!
So sorry to hear of Buddy's passing, our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Jay and all of Buddy's family:
It is so difficult to search and find the right words to say to express how much our hearts go out to you at this time. Buddy meant so much to so many and he impacted countless lives. Most of all he impacted the lives of his family with his love and his teachings. Please treasure your memories. Some will bring many tears but some will also bring smiles and laughter. We hope you find some comfort and peace by the many thoughts and prayers being offered. We also extend our sincerest sympathies to you all.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jay, So sorry for your families loss. I will be thinking of you and your family.
Myrna, Dave, Jay & Family,
So sorry to hear about your loss. I pray your good memories get you through this difficult time.
Myrna, Dave, Jay and family,
Life on earth will change, but life never ends. I know you will be sad, and I know you will miss him, but take comfort in the wonderful memories you have created with him. God's peace be with you all.
sorry to hear of the loss of Buddy he was an amazing kind man . i will never forget him. heaven gained an angel. my thoughts an prayers are with all of you.
Myrna, Dave, Jay & Family
Was sorry to hear of Buddy's passing, he was a great guy and will be missed by all that new him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.
Myrna & Family,
I don't know what to say. It was a real shock to hear about Buddy. The man will be greatly missed. Myrna you have my number if you need anything at all. I love you both.
Myrna, Dave and Jay..........My Sympathy and Prayers are with all of you at this sad time. All we can do now is to go on with life, as they would want us to and to cherish the memories we have. Buddy was a wonderful man and great friend. My Prayers to all of you.
We were so sorry to hear of Buddy's passing. He was a terrific man and will be missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Myrna and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Buddy's passing. He was a special man and you and he were a great couple. He will be greatly missed.
To Myrna, Dave, Carla, Jay, Jess, and Jenna,
How do you say goodbye to someone who has been such a big part of your life? Buddy was the definition of a good husband, loving father and super grandpa. Most of all, he was a true friend. I will miss our coffees and his yelling from the computer room to come and see something. Maquoketa has lost one of her favorite sons. God Bless.
Myrna, Jay and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Buddy was such a great guy and always made me laugh. May your treasured memories of him comfort you during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed. If you need anything please let me know. Sending you hugs and love.
Myrna, Jay, Dave & family, this was a special man. I always hoped Myrna and Buddy would move back to the neighborhood. So many great memories will stay with me the rest of my days. I was blessed to have known him and have him as my friend! Our prayers are with you and please let me know if you need anything.
Myrna, Dave, Jay and family, Just shocked when we read this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Myrna and family, please know that our hearts go out to you with our prayers. May the Lord give you strength and give you peace in the days to come. Time will leave only the good memories.
Myrna and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.
Myrna & family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Buddy was a great person..I have many fond memories of him..
He was a pupil of my Mom at the Sand Prarie rural school, a tenant of my parent's house & purchased
it on Western Avenue! Sold it to his brother when he moved to his new home.Maquoketa will surely miss him
Myrna,Dave and Jay I am so sorry for your loss. Buddy was a great person. I will miss him.
Buddy was one of Norb's very favorite people! He always had a good story to share and had a wonderful sense of humor! I remember the police officer's summer bbq rib and fresh sweet corn cook-outs at our place just around the corner from Buddy and Myrna's place. Great fun was had by all! My thoughts are with you guys through this tough time.
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