Virgil O. Olson, 79

Longtime Cedarburg resident Virgil O. Olson died Jan. 18, 2010, at the Columbia St. Maryís Hospice in Milwaukee at the age of 79 after a long battle with cancer.

He was born in Strum to Victor and Olga (Moe) Olson on July 15, 1930. He joined the Marines in 1947 and served in the Korean War Korean War in 1950 and was discharged in 1951.

On May 25, 1957, Virgil married Doris Dodge at the Open Door Church in Milwaukee.

After the Marines, he worked as a roofer and a butcher before becoming a mechanic at Wisconsin Electric Power Co., where he worked for 32 years. After he retired, he worked as a groundskeeper at the Mee-Kwon Golf course for 17 years.

Virgil was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 7037 Waubeka Flag Day Post since Aug. 10, 1964, the Korean War Veterans Post in West Bend, the Military Order of the Cooties, and the 40/8 American Legion Post. He served as a commander many times during his life as well as the Flag Day chairman. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1043 in Saukville since 1954.

Virgil was a member of First Immanuel Lutheran Church  in Cedarburg.
He is survived by his son, Lee, of Cedarburg;  daughters, Suzanne (Dean) Davis of Port Washington and Judith (Rod) Moon of Embarrass;  grandchildren, Kevin Lemens, Ashley (Ian) Hutchins, Christopher Olson, James Bell, Sean Olson, Colin Moon, Nicholas Olson and Alicia Moon; and great-grandson, Wayne Hutchins. He is further survived by his brother, Clark Olson of Virginia, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Doris; daughter, Christine; and sister, Diann Owen-Thomas.

The funeral service will be held at 2  p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, at First Immanuel Lutheran Church, W67 N622 Evergreen Blvd., Cedarburg.  The Rev. Jonathan van Sliedrecht will officiate. The family will receive visitors on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Eernisse Funeral Home, 1600 W. Grand Ave. (Highway 33 and Highway LL) in Port Washington, with military rites at  1 p.m before proceding to the church.

Private burial will be at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to First Immanuel Lutheran Church appreciated.
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