Rodney J. Olson Sr.

Rodney J Olson Sr. age 69, died peacefully at the VA Medical Center on Monday, December 7, 2020. He was born in Mondovi, WI on November 28, 1951 to Norman and Betty (Laehn) Olson. Rodney graduated high school in Trempealeau, WI in 1970, and went on to further his education at 916 Vo-Tech.

After high school Rodney enlisted and proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He was united in marriage to LaVonne Cordes on May 1, 1971 in Galesville, WI. Their union in marriage blessed them with two sons; Rodney Olson Jr. and Shawn Olson.

Rodney went on to work in electronics and as a maintenance mechanic. When family and friends needed help, he was there to fix anything. He was a very smart, talented, and loving man. Rodney was a great loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and great-uncle. His family always came first along with his love for his Lord and Savior. He always had a smile to share and a joke to tell. Rodney enjoyed spending time with family and friends at cook-outs, bonfires, and trips to Branson with his wife LaVonne.

Rodney will remain in the hearts of his beloved wife and best friend, LaVonne; son, Shawn Olson; grandchildren, Shaelyn Olson and Taylor Olson; brothers, Eugene (Betty) Olson, Jon Olson, and Kevin (Shelly) Olson; sisters, Geraldine (Jim) Seago, Delight (Dave) Vance; sister-in-law, Gloria Whitewater; brother-in-law, Derald (Dawn) Cordes; along with many nieces and nephews.

Rodney was preceded in death by son, Jason Olson; his parents, Norman and Betty Olson; in-laws, Henry and Lorene Cordes; siblings, Doriene Malchaski and Steve Olson; brothers-in-law, Don Hirschfield, and Jess Whitewater.

A Memorial Service honoring Rodney’s life will take place 11:00 AM Saturday, July 10, 2021 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church; 1048 Campbell Street North; Prescott, WI.  A Gathering of Family and Friends will take place 1 hour prior to the service.  Interment will take place at a later date at Greenwood Cemetery.  Pallbearers assisting with the services will be:  Eugene Olson, Kevin Olson, Butch Malchaski, Tom Patterson, Gerald Malchaski and Taylor Olson.  Honorary Pallbearers are Shaelyn Olson and Doug Hirschfield.

Services are entrusted to O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Ellsworth, Wisconsin 715-273-4421


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