LA CRESCENT Minn. — Ryan Odell Dean Olson, 26, of La Crescent passed away in his sleep on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010. He was born on Oct. 24, 1983, in La Crosse to Daniel and Josephine (Edmunds) Olson.
Ryan graduated from La Crescent High School in 2002. He was currently a full-time student at UW-L, studying microbiology. His goal was to eventually become a doctor, not for monetary gain but to do missionary work and help those less fortunate than himself. Between graduating from high school and achieving his goal of attending college, Ryan worked at several jobs including Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center as a Central Services Technician.
Ryan was an avid reader and was interested in many diverse topics. He also loved music and playing his guitar, as well as hiking, fishing, and spending time outdoors. He also enjoyed a challenging game of chess and weight lifting.
In addition to his parents, Ryan is survived by his brother, Eric (Amanda) Olson of Fargo, N.D.; and two nephews, Ian and Isaac Olson. He is also survived by his paternal grandfather, Harmon Dean (Joyce) Olson of La Crosse; maternal grandfather, Odell Edmunds of La Crescent; aunts and uncles, John (Kathy) Olson of Onalaska, Gary (Karen) Olson, Mark (PeriAnne) Olson, and Mary Beth (Terry) Wieser, of La Crescent, Pam (Monty) Lee of Rochester, Minn., Penny (Kevin) Proctor, Jill Edmunds and Jesi Edmunds, of Orlando, Fla., Pat Edmunds and Jane Diehl of La Crosse, Julia (Sam Moore) Edmunds of La Crescent, Andy (Julie) Edmunds of Winona and Eddy (Debbie) Edmunds of Burnsville, Minn.; as well as many first cousins.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Dorothy (Kistler) Olson; maternal grandmother, Blanche (Nicholson) Edmunds; two aunts, Nancy (Olson) Wynia and Sue Olson; and an uncle, Greg Olson.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent. Pastor William Bader will officiate. Burial will be in the Toledo Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home on Friday and again from 9 a.m. until the time of services on Saturday.
Ryan was a good man and had a beautiful, caring heart. While on this earth Ryan didn’t get the chance to soar with eagles, but now he flies on angel’s wings.