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"Mike" Alfred Olson

May 3, 1952 October 20, 2020
"Mike" Alfred Olson
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“MIKE” ALFRED OLSON, 68, of Morrison, IL, died Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling, IL.

There will be no funeral service and cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home is assisting the family. Memorials have been established to Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling, IL, and Morrison United Methodist Church.

Mike was born May 3, 1952, in Morrison, IL, to Alfred and Phyllis (Rick) Olson. He was a 1971 graduate of Morrison High School. Mike married Charla Sykes on April 28, 1972, in Morrison. He first worked for S&A Construction in Morrison, specializing in drywall and was affectionately dubbed “the super gooper”. He then went to work for Gate City Steel in Sterling and later worked at Waste Management for 20 years until retiring. Mike was a member of Morrison United Methodist Church and was a member of the Morrison Jaycees for a number of years. He loved golfing, fishing, hunting, four-wheeling, skiing, vacationing, and spending time with his family at Mogasheen, WI. Mike was a drummer in Mourning Rain, a popular local band in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Ten years ago, after a 40 year hiatus, the band regrouped for a reunion concert. He found plenty of free time to enjoy his many hobbies, but above all, he enjoyed spending his time with family telling jokes, sharing his long stories, and watching his grandchildren play sports.

Survivors include his wife, Charla; one daughter, Amanda (Dan) Cook of Morrison; one son, Josh (Mandy) Olson of Darien, IL; three grandchildren, Jake, Micah, and Landon; three sisters, Paula Stenson of Morrison; Nadine Brackemeyer of Rochelle, IL; and Kris Tegeler of Cedar Rapids, IA; two sisters-in-law, Patsy (Henry) Rieckhoff of Cable, WI; and Lola Sykes of Minneapolis, MN; two brothers-in-law, Terry (Julie) Sykes of De Soto, WI; and Phil (Carrie) Sykes of Dubuque, IA.; many nieces and nephews; and one brother from another mother, Roger (Deb) Tegeler of Morrison.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Bill and Ruth Sykes; and two brothers-in-law, Ron Sykes and Steve Brackemeyer.

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