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Richard Neil Olson

Posted 2024-07-07 by mhenderson
Published by Today's News Herald on Jul. 7, 2024 -
Lake Havasu City, Arizona -

Richard Neil Olson had the ability to fix anything. Born on October 30,
1936 in Los Angeles, Rick spent much of his early years on the family

Upon turning seventeen he enlisted in the US Navy and served during the
Korean War, an experience and decision that he would always refer to as
among the greatest in his life. Upon his return, Rick attended some
university and traveled before heading to Wyoming looking for a life
outside of busy Los Angeles in 1962. Rick settled in Jackson and quickly
found work as a mechanic and met his soon-to-be wife Katharine Olson.
They married in 1971, and their daughter Genevieve was born in 1974. He
worked at various locations throughout the valley, always making his
mark in the world of repairs.

Rick spent much of his life tinkering in his barn and always enjoyed the
challenge of fixing something that others would have just replaced. He
worked on anything that had a motor and was often sought out by friends
and family to help and offer advice with everything from the simple to
the most difficult of repairs.

Upon retirement Rick and Kathy began traveling to Lake Havasu City, AZ
to escape the long winters in Jackson. He loved lounging in the sun
whenever he could, his favorite spots being his front porch in Jackson
that overlooked a portion of Flat Creek, or next to his pool in the
backyard in Havasu looking out onto the lake. He enjoyed playing golf
where he was a tough competitor, hunting and fishing, exploring a dirt
trail in the mountains or desert on his ATV, and he loved having his dog
"pal" Diamond by his side all the time.

Rick loved to spend much of his time with his close friends, always
eager to talk about his daughter, son in- law, and grandsons.

Richard Neil Olson passed on June 24th, 2024 in Jackson, WY, a husband,
father, grandfather, and friend. He will be missed for his jokes and
crisp wit, and his praising pats on the back.

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