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Updated: 04/09/2014 08:00:02AM

Richard W. Olson

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Richard W. “Dick” Olson, age 79, of Venice, Fla., died Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

He was born in Rockford, Ill., June 5, 1934, and came to the Venice area 10 years ago. Dick retired in 1998 after 44 years with Rockford Drop Forge. He was an avid fisherman and boater and an all-around sports enthusiast.

Surviving family members include his wife ,Virginia; children, Bob Olson (Cay), Susan Olson, Tom Olson (Theresa) and John Olson; stepchildren, Carol Kopperud (Bill), Kathy Buckingham (Kerry), Mark Erlandson (Kim) and Julie Draper (Russell); sister, Eileen Kiefer (Roy); aunt, Alice Anderson; sister-in-law, Marie Vincere (George); 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Friday, April 11, at 1:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Wildwood Funeral Home in Rockford, Ill. Farley Funeral Home, Venice, Fla., is handling local arrangements. To share a memory, visit: