Olson, Leroy (Lee) Eldon
August 20, 1944 – January 6, 2016
Leroy (Lee) Eldon Olson passed away at his home in Montello, Nevada on January 6, 2016 at the age of 71. He was the first of six children born to Lyle Olson and Velma Olson in Jasper County, MO on August 20, 1944. He met his beautiful wife, Darlene K. Martin in a popcorn shop where he worked in Omaha, NE. They were married on March 21, 1964 and had two children, Steve and Brenda. Lee proudly worked for Union Pacific for over 33 years where he started as a secretary to a Vice President and enjoyed a long and successful career working his way up to become a Vice President himself. Lee grew up in Persia, IA and Cumberland, IA then lived with his wife and two children in Council Bluffs, IA; Salt Lake City, UT; Omaha, NE and Laguna Niguel, CA. Lee is survived by his wife of 51 years, Darlene Olson; son, Steve Olson; daughter, Brenda Ciccone, her husband Bruno and granddaughter Breanne; brother, Al (Kathy) Olson; and sisters, Betty Jordan, Karen (Bob) Wolfe and Sherri Fleischer. Lee was a dedicated and loving husband, father, brother and friend. He enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing, traveling, taking his dog Penny for walks, befriending stray cats and of course, trains and the railroad. Recently Lee was excited about doing research for his brother Al who is restoring a 1956 Ford identical to the one Lee had as a teenager and later gave to Al. He had a wonderful sense of humor, kind heart, curious nature and was a great man who will be deeply missed. Lee suffered from Parkinson’s disease in his later years and supported the work of . In lieu of flowers, you can honor Lee through a donation at www.michaeljfox.org. A service celebrating Lee’s life will be held on his birthday on August 20, 2016 at Coronado Island, CA, one of his favorite places to visit.