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Terry Vernon Olson
Dec. 20, 1950 – Feb. 4, 2024

With great sorrow we announce the passing of Terry Vernon Olson on Feb. 4, 2024, at the Red Deer Regional Hospital. He was a beloved husband, father, brother, grandpa, uncle and friend to many.

Terry was born in Edmonton, Alta., on Dec. 20, 1950, to Alice (Hernberg) and Joe Olson. Terry spent the formative years of his life growing up in Lindale with his mess of siblings and cousins, leaving home as a young man to work on the oil rigs. He married Benita Sterling on May 31, 1974.

They had three children, Kevin, Jolene, and Dean.

Terry worked on the rigs for several years before he took up welding to be home with his kids. He welded in Drayton and Rocky until he retired in 2016. Throughout his life Terry enjoyed playing ball, boating, fishing, golfing, watching CFL and spending time camping with his family. Terry was a skilled hobbyist inventor and engineer, and while he may not have always got it right on the first try, it did not matter. As a lover of big, roaring bonfires, screaming fireworks and all things that went kaboom – if it blew up in his face, that was only a bonus.

Terry is survived by his wife Benita; son Kevin (Krista) Olson, granddaughter Khloe; daughter Jolene Olson (Bryce Johnson), grandson Logan Niemi; son Dean Olson (Tara Randall), grandchildren: Randell (Chad Houle), Rhownen, Rhyiden, Rexleye Olson-Besuyen; their mother Courtney Besuyen, great-grandchildren: Ruchleigh, Rhenley and Rheindrick. Terry is survived by his siblings: Judy Morrison (Tom), Brian Olson(Julie), Delores Olson (Carl Myshak), Violet Olson (Bruce Sanderson), Debby Olson (Mike Kernahan), Coreen Sleno (Roger), Darwin Olson (Cindy Platz), Darcy Olson, Melody Olson; Benita’s siblings who loved him like a brother; and multiple generations of nieces and nephews, and lots of cousins who loved him dearly.

He was predeceased by his parents Joe and Alice Olson, brothers Jim and Ricky Olson, sisters Charlene and Tammy Olson.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Terry’s name can be made to STARS Air Ambulance or the Cancer Society.
Please join the family for a celebration of life on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at the Royal Canadian Legion in Rocky Mountain House, Alta., at 1 p.m.

Condolences may be forwarded to rockyfuneralhome.ca.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403-845-2626.