R. C. was spunk, spirit & sass, today we celebrate the life of Ronald
Claydean (Curl) Olsen. Born in Broken Bow, Nebraska, July 22, 59. To
Betty Lou Eacker Olsen, and Clayton E'Dean (Curl) Olsen (deceased May 1959). 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 May 1969
after his stepfathers farming accident & loss of family farm. As a young man he
delivered news papers and worked for the family business, Handyman and Family.
Ron attended Merna, Anselmo, Sheridan elementary schools, Irving Junior High,
Wittier Junior High, and Northeast High school's. After the death of his
stepfather in 1975, depression became a lifetime struggle. He attended Job Core
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 Jr. High School sweet heart; Luanne Sue Ohlschwager. Of this
union their second child, a daughter, Danielle Renee Olsen was born. She was/is
"The best and most expensive Dam 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, his marriage ended, not for
lack of love.
Starting over, he attended WyoTech, Laramie Wyoming, 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, Waverly NE, he worked their till they closed their doors. He
became a grandfather to Isaiah Make' Rollie. Traveled to Indonesia, married Dami
Paidi Olsen, "His everything, his reason for living" 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 8 months as a
custodian at UNL. Ron was a dedicated hard working employee offering a life time
of service to those whom 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 those
that loved him. His life time battle of chronic Depression, we all need to
recognize and understand this disease no different that any other disease of the
body. It 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. For all of you whom found the last days
of his life sensational, we found it as an act of desperation. We whom 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
Ron wanted the world to know his Father was born Clayton Dean Curl, in honor of
his father he liked to be 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, 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. Brother: Kenneth Willaim George (decesed 92), Nephews: Jeremy
Willaim Hiles (George), Donovan Wayne George, Dalton Kenneth Reel (George).
Brother: Carl Eugene Hickerson & Amy Duff (Carl’s fiancé). Grandparents: Ervin
Curl and Ida Curl, Hellen Elezibeth Claybaugh Curl Olsen and James Olsen, Eddie
Eacker and Edan Mae Bolen Eacker, all grandparents deceased.
A Celebration of Life will be 5:00 PM on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Butherus,
Maser and Love Funeral Home, 4040 A. Street, Lincoln 68510. Rev. Mike McMurtry
Inurnment will follow at a later time in Fairview Cemetery.Dami and his Family
invite all family and friends to Join in a Pot Luck Celebration of Ron's life at
his favorite place, Branch Oak Lake Area 3, Tuesday, May 17, 6P to 8P.
Guestbook for Olsen, (Ronald) R.C.
4:37PM May 19th, 2011
Betty and family -- my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God bless you with his peace. Louise Sears-Clark (Broken Bow, NE)
8:29AM May 16th, 2011
To Ron's family and friends - you are all in my prayers. The general public desparately needs to be educated on mental health and that it is a disease, not something to be ashamed of. May God keep all of you in his loving arms as you deal with this tragedy. Keelie Shea (Lincoln, NE)
10:57PM May 15th, 2011
Rest in peace Ron even though it has been many many years it was a pleasure and an honor to have known you. The goebels are praying for all of his family. Betty and Mary and Carl sorry for the loss. our prayers again are with you. janice goebel _mcnew (lincoln, NE)
10:30PM May 15th, 2011
May the Lord be with your family, and may you find peace in the arms of the father. Gretchen Huff (Wausau, WI)
1:54PM May 15th, 2011
Part 3 -
Ray of Hope – Survivors of Suicide Support Group
Meets 1st and 3rd Mondays at 7:00pm
Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
East parking lot
40th & “C” Street
Contact: Gary and Jennifer Nelson, (402) 477-8610
God Bless you and your entire family during the most difficult time in your lives. Kristine Wolfe (Lincoln, NE)
1:53PM May 15th, 2011
Part 2 - If Ron's family reads this, please consider coming to the only support group in Lincoln for survivors of suicide. It's called Ray of Hope. Even if it's not soon but down the road in your grief recovery, it has been the sole source of my own grief recovery. Here is the information - I hope it can be a resource for you: Kristine Wolfe (Lincoln, NE)
1:51PM May 15th, 2011
Part 1 - I posted this on the LJS site also, but hoped you would get a chance to see it - my heart truly goes out to you right now!
I want to say thank you the family member who so eloquently wrote this obituary and is showing Lincoln that depression is real and that the way someone loses his life does not define it. I lost my father last year at the age of 64 to depression and suicide and went through a very difficult time. Even my own church turned it's back on me. Kristine Wolfe (Lincoln, NE)
7:43AM May 15th, 2011
To the family of RC - your love for your husband, brother, father, grandfather is awesome. I grieve for you in your loss. Sometimes our love is not enough - may RC now have the peace he was searching for for so long. May God Bless you alll Nancy Deany (Lincoln, NE)
9:27PM May 14th, 2011
Rest in peace, Cousin Ron. I hope that my dad and your dad welcomed you at the Pearly Gates. Eric Olsen (Douglas County, CO)
5:20PM May 14th, 2011
My heart breaks for you. I'm so sorry for your loss. Tawnia Olsen (Colorado Springs, CO)