Sylvan “Ole” Olsen

Sylvan “Ole” Olsen age 82 of Coleridge, Nebraska died on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Faith Regional Hospital in Norfolk, Nebraska.

Funeral Services will be on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Coleridge with the Rev. Russ Lambert officiating. Burial will be at the Lawn Ridge Cemetery in Coleridge with military rites by the Coleridge American Legion Post #114 and the Legion Riders.  Visitation will be on Friday, at church, from 5-7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue on Saturday, at church, one hour prior to services.  Face masks and social distancing are required for the visitation and funeral.  You may watch a live stream of the funeral at  Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Coleridge.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren: Monte (Lyndsey) Olsen, Mallory (Christopher) Miess, Luther Olsen, Taylor (James) Olsen Neel, Shelby (Shane) Olsen Asmus, Aaron Olsen, Ross Olsen, and Keely Olsen.

Ole was born on October 4, 1938 on his Grandpa George Janssen’s farm outside of Coleridge, Nebraska to Murl and Bernice (Janssen) Olsen.  Ole attended both elementary and High School in Coleridge and graduated in 1956.  Fresh out of high school, he volunteered for the U.S. Army.  He served in Korea, Fort Bragg, NC and Fort Carson, CO.  After serving he worked for Beach Craft in Wichita, KS before returning home to work on Grandpa Janssen’s farm.  In 1960 he married the love of his life, Linda Lorraine Lofgren.  They started farming and raised their three sons on the farm.  Farming was Ole’s passion which he did for the remainder of his life.

Sylvan belonged to the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Coleridge, served on church council, and volunteered to do snow removal for the church for 40 years.  He also coached town team baseball for many years.  Ole worked for Whole Hog Genetics for the past several years.  He was an avid Bulldog and Husker fan and a true patriot.  He loved to play cards (his house – his rules).  Ole enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow up and prosper and enjoyed visiting with most anyone.

Sylvan is survived by his wife Linda of Coleridge; three sons Monte (Jill) Olsen of Grandview, MO, Kirk (Sharon) Olsen of Coleridge, NE, and Mike (Denise) Olsen of Coleridge; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren – Grace, Kellar, Lily Olsen, Asa, Amariyah Miess, and Kolby Neel.

He was preceded in death by his parents Murlin and Bernice Olsen, sisters and brothers-in-law Yvonne and Duane Dirks, Marcia and Donald Feelhaver; an infant brother Monte Dean Olsen.

Funeral Service:



Print Friendly, PDF & Email

6 response to "Sylvan “Ole” Olsen"

  1. By: Terry and Kathy Janssen Posted: November 19, 2020

    Our condolences go out to Linda and his family. He will be greatly missed by us. As youngsters we spent a lot of time hunting together including deer hunting in Wyoming. We also attended many Corn Husker games together. I have known Linda and Ole since I was a small child. Since our fathers were also good friends I spent a lot of time at their farm when I was growing up. I always found Ole to be eager to help others. When I still lived and worked in Coleridge I was at their home almost every day. We also belonged to a card club together and met on a regular basis for card games. I just can’t say enough good things about Ole.

  2. By: Dean and Jodi Benson Posted: November 19, 2020

    Our hearts go to the families,. We are sorry we are not there to help you celebrate Ole,. He will be missed driving around on his golf cart and will be missed by his visits at the welding shop.
    What a Great Friend he was to all. Our condolences to you all.

  3. By: Dwight Hansen Posted: November 20, 2020

    To Linda and family you have our sympathy and are thinking of you.

  4. By: Donelle and Don Flammang in Oregon Posted: November 20, 2020

    Ole was at all the yearly family reunions and was so easy to visit with. Love him and Linda!! They are precious people of whom I am honored to say I’m related to. Wow! What a truckload of kids he acquired for grandchildren! Let it be known that he was a good, hardworking soul and left a fine legacy in the spirit of his children. Bless them all and hugs to Linda next trip home.

  5. By: Kathy Dirks Duffy Posted: November 21, 2020

    Linda: I am so sorry. I have nothing but happy, loving memories of you and Ole. May you and your family find love, support and peace.

  6. By: Dean, Stephanie, Morgan, and Rylee Dirks Posted: November 21, 2020

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Linda and family. We are grateful the kids could meet and spend time with Ole during the summer of 2018. They will always have memories of Ole driving them downtown on the tractor and all of the golf-cart rides. Some of Dean’s most fond memories when visiting Nebraska include Uncle Ole and talking Cornhusker football. He will be missed greatly.

Leave a Message for the Family (Not available using Internet Explorer. Please contact Wintz & Ray to share message.)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *