Donald T. Olson, 83

Donald T. Olson "Don" of Jackson, was born into eternal life on Monday, Sept 22, 2008, at his home in Jackson, at the age of 83.

Son of the late Sigurd and Ellen (Peterson) Olson on May 10, 1925, in Iron Mountain, Mich.

Don enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17. He was honorably discharged in 1945 after serving his country during World War II.

Don met and married his late wife Maria; together raising three children.

He was a dedicated and loving father, husband, companion and an amazing teacher of life lessons.

Some of Donís favorite activities included playing his accordion and singing to family and friends along with entertaining by tying clown balloons for his grandchildren.

After the passing of his wife Maria, Don became reacquainted with his high school sweetheart, Delores Lex. Dee became the light and love of his life and cherished companion.

Don is survived by his loving companion, Delores; his three adoring children, Jim (Connie) Olson, Diane (Bryant) Schroeder and John (Tricia) Olson. He is further survived by his extended family, Diana (Daniel) Hurley, Gary (Marge) Lex, Larry (Debbie) Lex, Tim (Chris) Lex and Tod (Annette) Lex; as well as 25 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Don will be further missed by a brother, David (Beverly) Olson; and his sister, Betty (James) Kurth; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many special friends.

A funeral service for Don will be held at noon Thursday at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, WI 53095).

Burial will take place at 3 p.m. at Valhalla Cemetery in Milwaukee, on Thursday.

Friends and family may visit from 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon.