Mervyn Olson

May 31, 1933 ~ November 6, 2021 (age 88)


Mervyn Lee Olson, 88 of Philo, IL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Newman Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. He was surrounded by his wife and children.


Mervyn was born May 31, 1933, in Champaign County, son of Oscar and Hilda (Huls) Olson. Mervyn married Velma J Sjoken on March 13, 1955 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Flatville.


Mervyn farmed his whole life aside from the two years he proudly served in the Army during the Korean War. He enjoyed attending auctions, playing euchre and talking to anyone he would meet. He was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, Philo, IL.


Mervyn was preceded in death by his parents, four infant children, and his brothers Wendell Olson and Vernon Olson.


Mervyn is survived by his wife of 66 years; four children, Debra Olson (Greg Goluska) of Rockville, IN, Laryn Olson of Urbana, IL, Michael Olson of Sidney, IL and Lacinda Olson-Carrington of Champaign, IL; seven grandchildren, Jason (Kelly) Ackerman of Edwardsville, IL,Kelly (Kenny) Carter of St. Joseph, IL, Victoria Carrington of Urbana, IL, McKayla Olson of Monticello, IL, Chris Kingston of Urbana, IL, Gunnar Olson of St. Joseph, IL, Hunter Olson of Philo, IL; and seven great-grandchildren, Maddux, Payton, Lillian, Avery, Sophia, Renlee and Josie.


Visitation will be from 5 pm to 7 pm Monday, November 8, 2021 at Freese Funeral Home, 302 E Grand Ave, St. Joseph, IL. Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at St. John Lutheran Church, 201 E Church St, Royal, IL. Burial will be in Kopmann Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hooves of Hope in Potomac or Kopmann Cemetery.

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November 8, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Freese Funeral Home
302 E. Grand
St. Joseph, IL 61873

Funeral Service
November 9, 2021

10:30 AM
St. John Lutheran Church

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