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Russell Christopher Olson
1960 - 2017


Russell Christopher Olson (#13) of New Orleans, Louisiana,  started his next adventure April 6, 2017.  He was born
in Decatur, Illinois in January of 1960.   The son of Thomas Wesley and Mary Kathryn (Madell) Olson, he
graduated from St. Teresa High School in 1977.  He was employed by Boland Marine in New Orleans.  He canoed
the entire Mississippi River, hiked the Appalachian Trail, and recited poetry with abandon.  

Mourning the loss are his mother;  brothers Thomas Jeffrey (Penni ), Eric Wesley(Takako), Scott Joseph, Philip
John (Virginia), Kent Nels, Daniel Rolf (Carroll), Kirk Michael (Jennifer), and Patrick Ross; sisters Mary Kathryn
and Laura Kaye (Toby Burke);  his ex-wife Debbie Mott  and stepchildren Kelly Bright, Holly Reynolds, and Misty
Schmidt.  He is also survived by many relatives and an abundance of dear friends.

Visitation will be on Monday,April 24 at 0900 AM at Holy Family Church in Decatur, Illinois with Mass of
Christian Burial following at 1000. Burial will be at Mount Gilead Cemetery. Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and
Care is assisting the family.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Good Samaritan Inn (920 N Union
Street, Decatur, Illinois 62521).

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