Ronald Claydean (Curl) Olsen was born in Broken Bow, July 22, 1959, to Betty Lou Eacker Olsen, and Clayton E'Dean (Curl) Olsen (deceased prior to his birth). Ron spent a part of his youth raised on several farms in rural Custer County; Anselmo, Merna, Victoria Springs area, with his mom, step-father Robert Taft George, sister Mary Janet George, and brother "Kenny" Kenneth William George. Early training made him a dedicated, dependable hard worker. Ron helped in the family’s dairy operation and daily farm chores. He moved to Lincoln in May 1969, after his step-father’s farming accident and loss of family farm. As a young man he delivered news papers and worked for the family business.
Ron attended Sheridan elementary, Irving Junior High, Wittier Junior High, and Northeast High schools. After the death of his step-father in 1975, depression became a lifetime struggle. He attended Job Corp in South Dakota, received his H.S. and Welding certification. In 1977 he was a proud big brother to Carl Eugene Hickerson, born two months before he became a father to his son, Joshua Nathaniel Ohlschwager Olsen.
Ron married his junior high school sweetheart, Luanne Sue Ohlschwager. Of this union their second child, a daughter, Danielle Renee Olsen was born. She was/is "The best and most expensive darn birthday present he ever received!" He was employed at Cushman's as a welder until its doors closed. With this job loss the battle of depression became a hard battle to fight and his marriage ended, not for lack of love.
Starting over, he attended WyoTech, Laramie Wyo. He received his associate degree in collision/refinishing technology. He started work for McGinnis Ford. Although he loved the job, he missed welding. Ron then gained employment at National Crane in Waverly, and he worked their till they closed their doors.
He became a grandfather to Isaiah Make' Rollie. He traveled to Indonesia and married Dami Paidi Olsen, "His everything, his reason for living" He worked for Kawasaki Motors Corp., as a welder his life time career, where he was employed till they reduced their work force, offering early retirement. He worked the last eight months as a custodian at UNL. Ron was a hard working, dedicated employee offering a life time of service to those who employed him.
He was a dedicated family man; a wonderful son, brother, friend, husband, lover, uncle, father and grandfather. He expressed his love and compassion to all who loved him. Depression was a chronic disease that he strived many times to overcome, to persevere, to find joy and love. He has lost this battle not with the desire to leave those he loved, but to seek peace. We who love him, struggle and seek to understand his desperation. We accept and love him with all our hearts. For this we seek all memorials be donated to: BryanLGH Foundation/Mental Health
Ron wanted the world to know his father was born Clayton Dean Curl, and in honor of his father he liked to be called R.C.
He is survived by his wife, Dami Paidi Olsen; first wife, Luanne Sue Ohlschwager (Olsen ) Jones; son, Joshua Nathaniel (Ohlschwager) Olsen; daughter, Danielle Renee Olsen; grandson, Isaiah Make' Rollie; mother, Betty Lou Eacker Olsen George Hickerson; sister, "Lil Sis" Mary Janet George Pruitt and spouse Wesley "Alex" Alexander Pruitt; niece, Noella Dawn George; grand-nephew, Mataeo Richard Phillips; grand-niece, Mathena Rose Phillips; nieces, Betsy Rose Pruitt, Alexis Hope Pruitt; nephews, Jeremy Willaim Hiles (George), Dalton Kenneth Reel (George). brother, Carl Eugene Hickerson, and Amy Duff
He was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Willaim George (decesed 92); and grandparents: Ervin Curl and Ida Curl, Agnes Claybaugh Curl Olsen and James Olsen, Eddie Eacker and Edan Mae Bolen Eacker.
A Celebration of Life was May 14, 2011 at Butherus, Maser and Love Funeral Home in Lincoln with the Rev. Mike McMurtry officiating. Inurnment will follow at a later time in Fairview Cemetery. Memorials/online condolences may be left at www.bmlfh.com .
Published in Custer County Chief, May 19, 2011