DONALD B. OLESON
Donald B. Oleson, 90, of Fort Dodge passed away on Thursday July 24, 2014 at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday July 28, 2014 at the Gunderson Funeral Chapel with Rev. Mike Willer, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in North Lawn Cemetery with military honors presented by the Iowa National Guard and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services.
Donald Oleson entered military service in 1944, and achieved the rank of Technician, 5th Grade (Corporal). CPL. Oleson served in the Western Pacific Theater during WWII in locations such as Leyte, Mindoro, and Mindanao (Philippine Islands). Corporal Oleson was highly decorated being awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, 24th Infantry Division, 1944-1946.
He was a lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion, Disabled Veterans, The Purple Heart, and the 24th Infantry Division.
Don was an all-around sportsman, enjoying fishing, hunting, billiards, bowling and golfing. He was well traveled, with Hawaii being a favorite vacation destination. Donald and Wanda enjoyed spending their winters in South Texas for the last 27 years and also spent the months of May and / or June fishing in Northern Minnesota for over 30 years. Having been raised on a farm, Don was an avid gardener. Donald worked for US Gypsum in the early 50’s and had a long career with Hormel’s in Fort Dodge being hired November 21, 1953, working in the sausage department and retiring in 1984. He then was employed by the Fort Dodge School District as a bus driver from 1984 through 1987. He was affectionately known as “Ole”, or “Cue Ball” by close friends and family.
Don was born on June 11, 1924 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Wanda; son Myron (Toye Sue) of Denton, TX; daughters Barbara (Don) Sternquist of Roscoe, IL, Pati (Russell) Lamborn of Troutdale, OR, Janice (Richard) Escobedo of Sanger, TX and Sheryl (Walter) Wachter of Colorado Springs, CO; 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Frances Oleson; his brother Raymond “Bud” Oleson; sisters Dorothy Merrill and Gertrude Emerick and two grandchildren. Don was a very kind and giving person, touching many lives and hearts making the world a better place for us all.