Jack Olsen

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Jack E. Olsen, 93, of Belleville, IL, born September 4, 1929, in Ripley, TN, died Friday, September 23, 2022, at Mercy Rehab and Care Center, Swansea, IL.

Mr. Olsen was an architect and retired from FGM Architects. He was a former fighter pilot for the United States Air Force.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Esther, nee Rowland, Olsen; a sister, Betty Jane Reeves; and a brother, Joseph Olsen.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara, nee Hesse, Olsen, whom he married on February 21, 1959; three children, Jami, Kirk, and Greg (Maria); five grandchildren, Jacquelin, Saeger (Makaila), Matthew (Gabrielle), Anna (Sheldon), and Melissa; and three great-grandchildren, Kreed, Kash, and Aurelia.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL, or Tunnels to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY, 10306. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Funeral:  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 22, 2022, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL.

Burial with full military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, at a later date.



9 Comments on Jack Olsen

Nancy and Wayne McClelland said : Guest Report Oct 21, 2022 at 7:36 AM

What a sweet guy from a sweet couple! We met through Saeger, Jack’s grandson and our son-in-law seven years ago when Saeger joined our family. We continued to get acquainted when he and Barbara would come to Florida. He was a big part of Saeger‘s life and will be missed. Barbara, Saeger, your family will continue to be in Our thoughts and prayers. Wayne and Nancy McClelland

  • Madison
  • KS
JAMES KING said : Guest Report Oct 17, 2022 at 10:26 PM

Jack worked with my architect father Charles E King FAIA in the 1950's, a prolific time for mid-century modern architecture in Belleville & St. Louis. They had mutual respect. GodSpeed Jack.

  • Telluride
  • CO
BOB YUNG said : Guest Report Oct 16, 2022 at 1:05 PM

Sincere condolences from an old H.S.classmate and U.of I ,roommate,My sympathies to the family Bob

  • Swansee
  • iL
Mark & Lori Rodriguez said : Guest Report Sep 30, 2022 at 8:40 PM

My dad, Rod Rodriguez, worked with Jack at AIA back in the day, then ironically many years later they were roommates at Memorial Convalescent Center…My dad was very fond of Jack. Our families condolences to the Jack Olsen family. 🙏🏻❤️

  • Smithton
  • IL
Bob and Betty Bolt said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2022 at 10:16 AM

Both Betty and I are so sorry for your loss of your wouderfull husband and father, .He will now be with the Lord In Heaven God Bless you all.

  • Smithton, Il
  • IL
Timothy Richards said : Guest Report Sep 27, 2022 at 5:07 PM

Dear Olsen Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy. I have many fond memories of Jack at the Elks Lodge.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Kathy / George Nadler said : Guest Report Sep 26, 2022 at 5:53 AM

Jami, Barbara, Kirk, Greg, and family Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband and Dad. He was always a kind man. We pray for peace and comfort especially at this difficult time May Jack rest in peace. Love and hugs, Kat and George Nadler

  • Mancelona
  • Michigan
Diane and Bob Lanter said : Guest Report Sep 25, 2022 at 11:27 AM

God’s peace and consolation be with you, Jami, and with your family. May your dad rest in God’s eternal light. We are praying for you all.

  • IL
Bill Reichert said : Guest Report Sep 24, 2022 at 7:36 PM

Barb and family. Thinking of you all. And remembering Jack fondly. I’ll have a Manhattan in his honor.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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