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October 2, 2022

7/22/2022 5:29:00 AM
John Allen Olson

John Allen Olson, 77, of Rhinelander, passed away unexpectedly on July 13, 2022, in Rhinelander. He was born in Detroit, Mich. on May 27, 1945. As a young boy, his family moved to Rhinelander where he maintained permanent residence for the rest of his life. John graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1964. After high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served his country during the Vietnam War on the USS Enterprise. After fulfilling his military commitment, John returned to Rhinelander to start his family. He made a career as a U.S. Postal Employee for over 40 years.

John was the beloved husband to Cindy Olson for the last 26 years. John and Cindy enjoyed their yearly trips to Florida, tending to their vegetable garden and home, hosting family get-togethers, and serving at Calvary Baptist Church. Papa John loved spending time with his kids, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren, whether it was camping, fishing, watching sporting events, or taking the trash to the dump. Time with his family was John's most treasured moments.

Everyone who knew John, knew his love for Jesus, Packers, and golfing. John gave freely of himself to his beloved church and beyond in the Rhinelander community. John loved all God's children and willingly helped anyone who had a need.

John is survived by his wife Cindy Olson, children Frank Volkmann and Jenni, Jim and Lynn Volkmann, Jodi and Jay Meinen, James, Kenneth, and Todd Olson, brother Jim Olson, grandchildren Ashley, Colton (Kayla), Amanda, and Mikaela Volkmann, and Talan and Tatum Meinen, great-grandchildren Brayden and Bodie Volkmann, and countless others who loved him. He will be dearly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents Norman and Delta (Donahue) Olson, his sister Norma Molander and his brother Charles Olson.

Visitation for John will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 from 10 to 11 a.m. with memorial services following at 11 a.m., all at the Calvary Baptist Church. Reverend Rod Ankrom will be officiating. Committal and Military Honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at the Northwoods National Cemetery. You may leave your private condolences for the Olson family at

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials to be given to Calvary Baptist Church in Rhinelander or the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry in John's memory.

The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is serving the Olson family.

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