Ronald Olson

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Ronald Lee Olson, 83, of Belleville, IL, born May 5, 1937, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, August 29, 2020, at his residence.

Ronald worked for Sverdrup and Parcel as a structural engineer for 43 years before retirement. After retirement he worked as an usher for the St. Louis Cardinals for 20 years. He was a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral, the Cathedral Men’s Choir and the Metro East Community Chorale. He was a Eucharistic minister at Cathedral and at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

Ronald stayed active with the Monday Morning Golf League, the former Catholic War Vets Friday night bowling league, the Cathedral Red men’s slow-pitch softball and volleyball leagues, and the Westhaven senior tennis team. In later years Ron served on the Althoff Catholic High School Monday Bingo Committee.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin “Ole” and Marcella “Sally”, nee Abegg, Olson.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Nancy E., nee Creed, Olson, whom he married on September 24, 1960;
two daughters, Kathleen M. (Wayne) Friederich, and Margaret “Peggy” M. (Bill) Collins;
two sons, Michael P. Olson, and Joseph “Matt” Olson;
11 grandchildren, Chris (Ashley) Rieso, Jarrod Friederich, Jesse (Juliene) Watkins, Amanda Taylor, Jenna (Greg) Coumatos, Jillian (Chris) Durant, Taylor Knipp (Richard), Elizabeth Collins, Billy Collins, Skyler Wade, and Alexis Wade Meier;
nine great-grandchildren, Kamren, Lillyx, Valkyrie, Grady, Amelia, Mya, Sophia, Isla, and Ayden;
a brother, Richard (Janice) Olson;
a sister-in-law, Marianne (Robert) Hoeffken;
dear family friends, Melinda Wade and Mike Meier;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice, to Catholic Urban Programs, St. Peter’s Cathedral, or to Althoff Catholic High School. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Funeral: Private funeral services will be held with burial at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

 

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55 Comments on Ronald Olson

Tammy Ritzheimer said : Guest Report Oct 21, 2020 at 8:07 PM

So sorry to hear about Ron's passing. He was a great mentor when I worked with him at S&P

  • Grantfork
  • Illinois
Nancy and Dawn Roth said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 8:05 PM

Nancy and Family, we were so sad to hear this news. Mom has many fond memories of good times with her cousins. We are sorry for your loss and pray you find peace reminiscing the good times you had with Ron in your life. Our thoughts are with you.

  • Huntersville
  • NC
Joe and Mary O’Toole said : Guest Report Sep 06, 2020 at 12:28 PM

To Ron’s family, Ron has been our usher and friend at Busch Stadium since the new stadium opened. He was such a great guy and we always spoke with Ron first at the game! He will be missed! Our prayers and sympathy to your family. Joe and Mary O’Toole

  • Wildwood
  • MO
Bobby Williams said : Guest Report Sep 05, 2020 at 4:42 PM

Just saw that Ron has past on. Very sad. I worked with him occasionally at Busch Stadium and rode in on the train with him many many times. What a nice man. He will be missed.

  • Fairview heights
  • IL
Gary and Aggie Lawrence said : Guest Report Sep 05, 2020 at 12:28 PM

Our heartfelt sympathy on the death of Ron. Gary was an usher with Ron at Busch. Sympathies to Dick and Jan, too. We were neighbors years ago. May the good memories you have of Ron see you through the difficult times ahead.

  • Belleville
  • IL
robert wagner said : Guest Report Sep 04, 2020 at 8:29 AM

Nancy and family - Wilma and I want to tell you how sorry we are . Ron was a great guy and will be missed by all

  • shiloh
  • Illinois
margie schwartz said : Guest Report Sep 03, 2020 at 5:35 PM

Dear Nancy and family, I will always remember Ron as one of the happiest people. He was a truly kind and caring person. Pat and Ron played many softball and volleyball games together years ago. That was a great time in their lives. And, then, to again share their friendship while helping at Althoff bingos together! You, Nancy, and your family are in my prayers with many good memories. May a dear man rest in peace.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Jim & Susan Wiegers said : Guest Report Sep 03, 2020 at 2:10 PM

Dear Nancy and family. So very sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt thoughts are with you. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Ray Wisdom said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2020 at 7:07 PM

Condolences to Ron's family. I met Ron through the Friday night bowling league. Always enjoyed his great attitude.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Gerald & Linda Dee said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2020 at 4:59 PM

Very sorry to her of Ron’s passing Worked with Ron @ Sverdrup Engineering for 40 great enjoyable years. Ron was a great asset on work and enjoyed his presents on many projects. Condolences to Nancy and Olson family. Prayers and thoughts with family.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
Sharon Hoffmann said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2020 at 3:03 PM

My condolences to Ron's family. I knew Ron during his time at Sverdrup. He was a great man and I enjoyed working with him. Always had a smile on his face. Eternal rest grant unto him and let perpetual light shine.

  • Edwardsville
  • IL
Jackie Schmidt said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2020 at 2:58 PM

What a pleasure to work with Ron at Busch. Always a smile, he will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Don & Peggy Snyders said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2020 at 1:58 PM

We were so sorry to hear of Ron's passing Ron was a very special friend from the ballpark. We first meet Ron about 17 years ago at the old stadium. When the new stadium opened he was our usher in sec. 171 Don and Ron played golf together several times. And at every game they talked about there golf games and what they thought of the last Cardinal game. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and family of which he was so proud We have a cardinal room of which there are many pictures of Ron over the years We will miss him greatly.

  • Jerseyville
  • Illinois
Richard Degen said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2020 at 11:14 AM

Ron was a fine man, admired by all those who knew him. For those who don’t know, in the 1950s he was also a member of the cooperative known as the “Dave Richards Orchestra”, whose members were (in alphabetical order): Richard Degen, trombone David Friess, trumpet Ronald Olson, piano Gus Pflugmacher, alto sax David Reeb, tenor sax David Tureck, drums My condolences to Ron’s family. Rich Degen

  • Stuart
  • Florida
Ruth Cruse said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2020 at 10:28 AM

I have never met a nicer man. It was a honor and pleasure to work next to him for 12 years at the stadium. My thoughts and prayers go out to Nancy and family.

  • Granite City
  • IL
Travis & Tammy Laws said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2020 at 9:14 AM

Unfortunately, we only knew Ron from the ballpark. When we return, it won't be the same without his kindness and his smile. We can only imagine the hole it must leave for those who knew and loved him well. Praying for the Peace that passes understanding for his family and friends.

  • St.Louis
  • MO
Rocky and Betty Hasenstab said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2020 at 9:11 AM

Nancy and Family So sorry for your loss. Ronnie was a bigger than life kind of person, always had a smile for everyone. There is most assuredly a ballgame nearby. May he rest now in the arms of our Lord. Play Ball!!

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Mike Peters said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2020 at 12:54 AM

I never worked with Ron but we always talked about our golf game before the meeting. He had a smile for everbody. My prayers are with the family. RIP

  • St. Louis
  • Mo.
Brad Schwieger said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 10:58 PM

I met Ron several years ago at Busch stadium. We would talk before the games ,he was a wonderful gentleman. I was proud to call him my friend. He will be missed. The stadium will seem empty without him. Prayers to the family.

  • Cape Girardeau
  • Mo
Dan and Mary Kay McGinnis said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 10:28 PM

We are so very sad to hear about Ron. Nancy and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I was fortunate to work with Ron at the stadium He was an outstanding usher and true gentleman. He was a friend to all and was a kind, caring person. I can’t imagine working at the stadium and Ron not being there Mary Kay

  • Belleville
  • Il
Jim & Carol Cange said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 10:00 PM

We are so sorry for your loss. Ron was a great friend and fellow competitor in the sports arena. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • nashville
  • il
Omar Feeler said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 5:53 PM

A really great person no 1

  • Oakville
  • MO
Omar Feeler said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 5:51 PM

Ron was a super and special person always with a smile and a can I help you attitude. A really great person RIP

  • Oakville
  • MO
Becky Rieso said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 5:16 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. He was a wonderful man. Nancy, I will be thinking of you and your family in the days ahead and praying for peace and comfort.

  • belleville
  • il
Gary Blome said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 3:53 PM

I am so sorry to hear about Ron. He was my next door neighbor when I was growing up on Sixth Street. Please accept my deepest sympathy and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Lonnie & Denise Smith said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 1:46 PM

Nancy, Our hearts are so heavy in hearing of Ron's passing. He was always so full of life with a smile on his face. It was such a pleasure meeting you both so many years ago at a hockey game. Our friendship endured many Blue's losses and finally the big win! I know how excited you and Ron both were. Please know that if you need anything, we are here for you. We are praying for you and your family and that God may cover you with His peace. Much love to you and your family.

  • Maryville
  • Illinois
DAVE said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 1:09 PM

HEY GUYS SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS,RONNIE WAS ALWAYS SMILING AND WAS HAVING A GOOD TIME WHEN I SEEN HIM.AND I KNOW HE HAD A GOOD FAMILY AND ALOT OF GOOD FRIENDS.PLEASE ALL HANG IN THERE AND REMEMBER THE GOOD TIMES. DAVE/DEBBIE LOTZ

  • BELLEVILLE
  • IL
Wally and Real Witkus said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 12:03 PM

So sorry to hear about Ron. I remember way back when we were kids Ron and his family took me along on trips to Missouri .Played ball many times across the street from there house on south 6ths street.Played golf together for 20 years in later years.Real and I send our prayers to you Nancy and your family.God bless

  • Belleville
  • Il
David Clinton said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 10:54 AM

Dear Nancy, My sister, Ann Dorn, and I praise the Lord for Ron’s life and his/your many years of wonderful friendship with Dad and Mom. We are praying that you and your family may find comfort in God’s glorious word and His promise of eternal life in Christ Jesus.

  • O’Fallon
  • Illinois
Tom Burg said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 10:12 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with the Olson family.

  • St.Peters
  • Mo
Joe Collins said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 9:35 AM

So sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Always a smile on his face at the ballpark. RIP... My deepest condolences to all of Ron's family and friends.

  • Fenton
  • Missouri
Bruce Parrott said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 8:59 AM

Ron was bright spot, no matter the circumstances. At Busch stadium or on the golf course, Ron shone on everyone around him. He was definitely one or the good ones. Heaven is a little richer today.

  • Red Bud
  • Illinois
Joe & Kathleen Davis said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 8:57 AM

Nancy & Family, Sorry for your loss. May God be with all of you at this time & all the days ahead. Keeping all of you in our prayers.

  • Linwood
  • Kansas
Tom Burg said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 8:55 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with the Olson family.

  • St.Peters
  • Mo
Denny Roberts said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 9:35 PM

Ever so shock and sorry to hear of Ron . Really enjoyed working with him at ballpark. He is one of finest persons I've ever had the pleasure to meet. A real gentleman in all ways. Rest In Peace my friend. Prayer going out to Nancy and family.

  • Collinsville
  • Illinois
Bill Mueller said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 8:58 PM

So honored to have sung alongside Ron Olson in the Cathedral Men's Choir for over 25 years. We had our share of fun at Wednesday rehearsals (sorry, Dennis York!) but come Sunday Mass it was down to business. Thanks Ron for your smile, friendship and guidance.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Nicholas Wiesen said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 8:41 PM

I had the pleasure of knowing Ron since he was a senior and I was a freshman. After leaving Cathedral High and going to college I met up again with Ron at Sverdrup. To me he was the ultimate gentlemen.

  • Saint Louis
  • Missouri
Robert and Joyce Springer said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 8:39 PM

Nancy and Family, There are many wonderful memories of Ron over the years, We are so sorry for your loss. However, we know that he had quite a welcome in heaven from his "buddies" who preceded him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bob and Joyce Springer

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Lori Parks said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 8:20 PM

Rob and I will miss our neighbor and friend for many years. Things here in our neighborhood will NEVER be the same without him...Praying for Nancy and the family 💗

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Cyndi Hoffmann (Mank) said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 8:01 PM

Loved seeing Ron and Dick at the ballpark. My thoughts and prayers are with the Olson family.

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Sue Wiesehan said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 7:58 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Ron as a St. Louis Cardinal Usher. Rest easy, Ron.

  • Saint Louis
  • Missouri
Jim Miles said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 5:53 PM

I was so sorry to learn of Ron’s passing. He was a 20 yr. veteran Cardinals’ usher, and he immediately welcomed me to the team as a 2nd year. I had some of my most enjoyable conversations while working with him. Respected, respectful, funny, and a genuinely nice human being. I’ll miss him.

  • St Louis
  • MO
Mary Harries said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 5:14 PM

Dear Nancy and family, I am shocked and saddened by the loss of this special man. He and I always had such pleasant conversations at the stadium. He was so kind to everyone. He will be missed!

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Ann Shortsleeves said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 5:12 PM

My heart goes out too you all. So enjoyed working with Ron. My staff at CKL of I cannot believe this. My heart and prayers are with you all. Lord you by have taken this wonderful and too early. I will miss him dearly. Prayers too you all

  • Belleville
  • IL
Diane Nelms said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 4:56 PM

I’m sorry for your family’s loss. May God give you comfort and peace during these difficult times.

  • O’Fallon
  • Mo
Carol Gerstner said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 4:45 PM

Nancy and family, So sorry to hear of Ronnie 's passing ,accept our most heartfelt sympathy , thoughts and prayers are with all . Keep your memories in your lives along with these thoughts and others kind words , they will get you through this sad time , we all had some good times together , take care. Love, Carol and family

  • Belleville
  • IL
Bert Scannell said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 4:14 PM

Nancy and Family, It is with such sadness hearing of Ron’s passing! I always loved talking with Ron, discussing baseball and just being in his presence! He was such a nice, caring, and happy man! So very sorry! Please know that you are in my thoughts and many prayers! Ron was a very special person❣️

  • Swansea
  • Il
Curt Seward said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 4:07 PM

RIP my friend will miss you very much

  • Fenton
  • Mo
Rita Hoguet Killy said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 4:04 PM

Loved seeing Ron and Nancy at the Symphony. He always had the brightest smile. Will miss him terribly.

  • Columbia
  • IL
Cindy Taylor said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 4:04 PM

I’m so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful person Ron was. We rode metro together to the ballgames. He will be missed by all of the ushers and Cardinal staff.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Randy Kline said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 3:53 PM

Very sad to hear of your loss! Ron was a kind and wonderful human being who at the wake of Ken Metze, assisted my dying wife to a seat while I kept our place in the long line, great to see each night at the ball park, he always had a smile, had a cup of coffee while riding the metro link train, would stay positive with each win or loss by the Cardinals, Rest in Peace, thank you for being a friend! Get Kenny to the golf course in heaven and have a great round for us all!!!!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Keith Hackson said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 3:43 PM

During my interactions with Ron, I would also walk away thinking he’s such a distinguished fellow. I will miss him.

  • St louis
  • Mo
Tammi Hancock said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 3:23 PM

My heart is broken. I worked next to Ron's section at the ballpark for a number of years. I used yell his name to get his attention and it didn't work. I started yelling Grandpa to get his attention and he turned around every time I needed him. Thoughts and prayers to the family at this time. He was a wonderful sweet man and will greatly be missed.

  • St Louis
  • MO
Dick & Pat Prosser said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 2:46 PM

Dear Nancy and Family, So sad to hear of your loss. We have known you and Ron for many many years. He always had a friendly smile and sincere kindness.We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • O'Fallon
  • Illinois
Ken Reiff said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 11:06 AM

Linda and I send our condolences to Ronnie’s family. I met Ronnie through the Monday Golf Group and we became great friends. He was a fun person and we shared picnics, golf trips, and breakfasts. Surely will be missed by all of us.

  • O’Fallon
  • Illinois

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