COON VALLEY — Ronald P. Olson, 65, of Coon Valley died at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

He was born Sept. 23, 1951, to Paul and Blanche Olson in Black River Falls. Ron married Kristine Thompson Aug. 23, 1975, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Black River Falls.

He graduated from Black River Falls High School, class of 1969. After completing high school, Ron attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and graduated in 1973, with a Bachelor of Science in geography with an emphasis in resource management.

Right after graduation, Ron began his career with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at the Black River State Forest. Over the course of his 33 year career at the DNR, he served in many roles including as a fire tower observer, park ranger, area land agent, and statewide review appraiser. Ron was especially proud of his work related to the acquisition of lands used for trout streams, state parks, and bike trails. After retiring, he opened his own appraisal business, Real Estate Services, and continued engaging in appraisal work until his death. For the past 13 years, Ron’s favorite job was being a “Grandpa.”

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Kristine; his mother, Blanche Olson of Black River Falls; two daughters, Leah (Eric) Olson-McBride of Eau Claire, and Laura (Jason) Rohowetz of Oconomowoc, Wis.; and five beloved grandchildren, Tyler, Brock, Samuel, Sophia and Logan. Ron is also survived by two sisters, Ellen (Charles) Phillips of Marysville, Wash., and Mary (Tim) Dement of Baraboo; one brother, Tom (Linda) Olson of Black River Falls; two brothers-in-law, Charles (Marcia) Thompson of Evansville and David (Bonnie) Thompson of Pigeon Falls; and a special cousin, Calvin Olson of Black River Falls.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Olson; and his in-laws, Bernard and Harriet Thompson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 26, at the Westby Coon Prairie Church. Pastor Daniel Wollman will officiate with burial to follow in the Coon Prairie Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at the Vosseteig Funeral Home in Westby. Friends may also call from 10 a.m. till the time of service at 11 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Fine Arts Foundation of the Westby Area, for the Community Performing Arts Center, or to the General Maintenance Fund at Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church.

Online Condolences may be offered at

The Vosseteig Funeral Home, 708 S. Main St. in Westby is serving the family.