John Olson

Obituary of John Robert Olson

John Robert Olson 9/19/1945 - 2/24/2024 age 78.

John was born in Seattle WA to Chauncey and I. Frances (Durham) Olson. After completing his GED, John served in the Navy for four years.

John's civilian work was with electronics, and he retired from Scanivalve in Liberty Lake. He met his future wife Susan at Itronix in Spokane Valley, where he taught a soldering class, and they married 12/29/2004.

Outside of work, John was quite the handyman. Together, John and Susan restored and modernized the homes they shared. John could do beautiful furniture restoration too.

It wasn't all work though! Some of John's favorite memories came from their big RV trip in 2012; traveling through many US states and parts of Canada and stopping to visit friends and relatives along the way. John and Susan would make an annual trip to the Mt St Helens area for huckleberry picking. In John's later years, he enjoyed going for rides up the St. Joe River to see the deer and elk in the meadows.

John was predeceased by his parents Chauncey and I. Frances Olson, sister Joyce Olson, and sister Jeanne Warehime. John passed peacefully at home in St. Maries, ID after a period of declining health. He is survived by his wife Susan (Schumacker) Olson, niece Jody Nelson, niece Wendy Warehime-Skinner, stepchildren Lauren Franzen, William Pentland, and Jennifer Hart; and five step grandsons.

John and Susan adopted many cats through the years. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Benewah Humane Society TNR Program.

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