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Harry Edwin Olsen

Harry Edwin Olsen was born on June 1, 1948 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Erik Andrew and Muriel Frances (Christensen) Olsen. Harry grew up on a farm east of Avoca, Iowa and was the youngest of four children. He attended AvoHa Community School, graduating with the Class of 1966. Harry played the position of end on the football team all four years of high school and was always proud to have been a contributing player claiming the S.W. Iowa Conference title his senior year.

After high school, Harry attended Midland College for one year, then graduated from Dana College, Blair, Nebraska in 1971 with a degree in Business Administration. Prior to college graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Kay Rock on Jan. 3, 1970 in Avoca, Iowa. Harry and Kay lived in the married student units on campus at Dana College, where they graduated together in 1971.

Harry and Kay moved to Glenwood, Iowa in 1976 and have lived there for the past 40 years. They would have celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary in two months from the date of Harry’s passing. Their oldest son, Jeffrey was born in 1976 and their second son, Jeremy was born in 1979.

Harry worked his entire career in retail and commercial tire sales. Harry was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He was a fun- loving character who liked to play pranks on his friends and family, who eventually always got even.

After retirement, Harry enjoyed helping on the Lincoln Farms, doing whatever was needed. He had a love for farming, starting way back when he grew up on the farm. He told of his Dad putting wooden blocks on the old tractor pedals so that Harry’s short legs would reach and he could help in the field. Farm animals weren’t his favorite, as he always expressed his dislike for their milk cows.

Harry was a 40 year member of the Glenwood Lions Club and was actively involved in all of their projects.

Throughout his life, Harry was an avid fisherman and hunter, which he shared with his two sons and four grandsons. He was a proud grandfather of five and tried to attend their activities as often as possible.

After Harry built his shed behind their house on Harold’s Drive, Kay usually knew where to find him. He enjoyed many hours out there with friends, neighbors and family. If the flag was out on the shed, people knew he wanted company to stop by.

This past summer Harry and Kay purchased a new travel trailer and started camping again. It had been a fun family activity when their boys were small and they soon discovered it was also a lot of fun for two retired folks. While sitting outside by the campfire one evening, Harry remarked, “This feels like a dream. I can’t believe we are able to do this and that we both enjoy it so much!”

Harry entered into rest on Friday, November 11, 2016 from injuries sustained in a farming accident. He was preceded in death by his parents, Erik and Muriel Olsen and his sister, Arlene. Survivors include his wife, Kay (Rock) Olsen of Glenwood, Iowa; sons, Jeffrey and wife Kourtney Greenfield of Omaha, Nebraska; Jeremy and wife Sandra Olsen of Minot AFB, North Dakota; grandchildren, Bailey Keller, Luke Olsen, Jack Olsen, Alex Olsen and Ben Olsen; sister, Helene (Dick) Peterson of Peoria, Illinois; brother, Larry (Sally) Olsen of Treynor, Iowa; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marcia and Darrell Jacobsen of Hancock, Iowa; several nieces, nephews, extended relatives and many friends.

Graveside Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. in the Graceland Cemetery in Avoca, IA.

Memorials may be made to Glenwood Trinity Lutheran Church or the Glenwood Public Library.

Visitation:Tuesday, November 15, 2016
6:00 PM
212 S. Locust St.
Glenwood, IA51534

Service:Wednesday, November 16, 2016
11:00 AM
512 2nd Street
Glenwood, IA51534

19 Condolences

  • Dale & Diane Malcom Posted November 13, 2016 12:00 am

    Kay, Jeff, & Jeremy,

    We were deeply sadden to hear of your loss. Harry will be missed by many in our community. May all the happy memories help you through the difficult days ahead.

    Sending your family our condolences.

  • Doug Blankenship Posted November 13, 2016 12:00 am

    Sorry for your sudden loss. I was very sad to hear the news about Harry. He was one of my customers at the Feed Store and I was one of his when he was in the Tire business. Harry was also a Good Friend. He will be a big loss and missed in the Community!!!

  • Vicky Wunder Geers Posted November 13, 2016 12:00 am

    With tears and sadness we send our sincere thoughts and prayers. He will be remembered for the smile he always shared. So very sorry for your loss, Kay.

    Vicky and Chuck Geers

  • Jim Lippold Posted November 13, 2016 12:00 am


    Mary and I were saddened to learn of Harry’s passing. I have lots of good memories of Harry and you. We are so sorry for your loss.

  • Liz Callahan Johnson Posted November 13, 2016 12:00 am

    Oh, Kay, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I don’t know enough words to express sorrow and sadness. I would hug if I could.

  • glenn & jerre denman mays Posted November 14, 2016 12:00 am

    Dear helene & dick and family: i would prefer not to know first hand the devestating early loss of a beloved little brother, but you realize we said good bye to our tim on may 13th:( thank you lord jesus for welcoming our honeys home to you. Heart heart Lord thank you for comforting helene and hers their farmer dear as you did me mine with your prrfect timing:job 5:26 thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season. Lord we trust your perfect love for our little brothers & your perfect timing. Please give them our eternal love today and always. Love always in christ jesus, who is love

  • Pat McManigal Posted November 14, 2016 12:00 am

    Kay, I was so shocked to hear the news of your husband. I never knew him well, but know he must have been quite a guy to catch such a sweet person as you. My heart aches for you. Praying God’s spirit will give you & your family comfort & strength to get through the difficult times.

  • Rick Holst Posted November 14, 2016 12:00 am

    So sorry to hear of Harry’s passing. I have fond memories of playing football with Harry in high school. He was always fun and light hearted. My sincere condolences.

  • Becky Pugsley Posted November 14, 2016 12:00 am

    Kay – I’m so very sorry to hear of your terrible loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Jane Rhodes Henley Posted November 14, 2016 12:00 am

    Kay, I am so sorry for your loss. You and Harry were always a special couple way back when you were high school sweethearts. Joe & I send our sympathy and prayers for you and your family.

  • Dave larsen Posted November 14, 2016 12:00 am

    Kay,I am so sorry for your loss, I worked for Harry at the tire store in the late 70s, we would work all day at the tire shop and then go spend another three hours after work putting on tractor tires, when we worked late you let me stay at your house so I didn’t have to drive home,Harry was a hard worker and taught me a lot. I remember the circle of friends that Harry had and I’m sure they’re going to miss him terribly. My prayers are with you. Dave Larsen

  • Ann Anderson Posted November 14, 2016 12:00 am

    Kay, we were so sad to hear of Harry’s passing. Please know that there are so many people who are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy to you all.

    Ann & Larry Anderson

  • Jeff “Lurch” Parks Posted November 14, 2016 12:00 am


    I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I could have seen him when I stopped by this summer. I loved working for Harry down at the tire store. We had many, many great times together and I will also hold on to those great memories. He was a good man and he’ll be missed by so many.

    You are in my thoughts.



  • Mark Christiansen Posted November 14, 2016 12:00 am

    My deepest sympathies. A great man and neighbor to boot.

  • Lynn and Jane Hansen Posted November 15, 2016 12:00 am

    Kay and family, we spent many a July 4th in Avoca watching the parade from Johnson’s yard. They were great get together’s of friendship and joy for our families. A tragedy of this scope makes us realize we need to treasure those moments. We are so sadden by the loss of Harry. May the Lord Bless you and Keep you. Lynn and Jane Hansen

  • Georgia Freese Posted November 15, 2016 12:00 am

    Kay, so sorry to hear about Harry accident, our thoughts are with you and your family during this time. I’ll be in touch later.


  • June Maddocks Posted November 16, 2016 12:00 am

    So sad and so sorry for your loss. I remember my husband speaking of ‘Harry O’ often. Prayers are with you and your family..

  • Neil & Jackie Ericksen Posted November 17, 2016 12:00 am

    Sincerest sympathy and condolences to Helene, Larry and families. My best memories will always include my visits to the Olsen farm as a kid. Again, Helene, Larry so saddened on the loss of your brother.

    Neil & Jackie Ericksen

    Las Vegas , Nevada

  • MIKE RODENBURG Posted November 18, 2016 12:00 am

    I’m so sorry for your families loss. I worked many years in the tire business with Firestone Harry, he was one of a kind & will truly be missed.

    My sincere condolences!

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