Passing of Past District Governor Richard F. (Dick) Olson

He was 94 years of age and was called home to Heaven on Thursday February 16, 2023, surrounded by his loving family.
Rick Olson

Rick Olson

PDG, District Governor Nominating Chair 2022

On behalf of the Olson Family, we are saddened to announce the passing of our longtime Rotary Club of Eugene member, Past President, and District 5110 Past District Governor Richard (Dick) F. Olson. He was 94 years of age and was called home to Heaven on Thursday February 16, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. He was blessed with a long and wonderful life of friendships, family, and great memories.

For those that knew him, Rotary and its value of friendships, connections and service to others was a very important part of his life. Ideals that he instilled in his family and to those that he met throughout his life. His commitment to his profession, philanthropic and community organizations was his fulfillment to give “part of your time” to help build a stronger community where you live.

Dick joined our club in 1960 and continued to be actively involved until his passing. He is the honorary chair of our club’s 100th Celebration Gala to be held in March. He provided a wealth of knowledge about our Rotary history. Dick was a strong supporter of our many community projects and helped initiate the new member firesides and vocational gatherings. He would always ask when meeting people about their passions and desires, making everyone feel welcome.

Dick supported the valuable work of Rotary through The Rotary Foundation, where he is a Paul Harris, Major Donor, and Benefactor. His Rotary family carried on his legacy with his son Rick, our club Past President and Past District Governor, his daughter Becky Robertson, a charter member of the U of O Rotaract Club as well as her husband Scott, a Past President of the Tualatin Club and a son in law, Neil who was a Rotary Foundation Scholar from District 1180 of Rotary International Great Britain & Ireland. Daughter Julie Olson is an active and past board member of the Rotary Club of Portland, granddaughter, Jennifer Olson is in our club, and grandson, Mike Olson was a RYLA Graduate. Great-grandsons Nate and Ben attend our Food for Lane County outings. His father-in-law Hugh Ford was also a member of our club, starting in the 1940’s.

Sally, his wife of almost 71 years, will be surrounded by family as we remember his life. His wishes were for a small family gathering, one that would be filled with love, joy and sharing of family memories. In addition to Sally, he is survived by his 6 children and their spouses, 23 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

10 Responses

  1. Dick will be missed in our community with his being part of EEA, Active 20-30 International and church to name a few.

  2. I’m so sorry for the loss of this great man, but celebrate the life he had and the impact he made. Sending thoughts, prayers, and hugs.

  3. Wonderful Rotarian, Wonderful Man, Wonderful Friend. Dick always had time to visit with you. His first comment was “how are you doing” along with a strong handshake. His sincere leadership was more than Rotary. I will be forever thankful for Dick Olson being in my life. THANK YOU DICK, YOU ARE THE VERY BEST.

  4. Dick was my sponsor to join the Rotary Club of Eugene when I arrived to retire in Eugene in 2011. My Uncle-in-law Bob Cochran said “I want to get you the best sponsor and he did!!” Dick was a wonderful friend and Rotarian and he and Sally included us in special rotary events and family outings. I couldn’t have asked for a better sponsor or friend!! RIP my friend!

  5. Rick,
    The world is a better place for all people your father touched and the service he gave. May he rest in peace.

  6. Dick was District Governor when I was President of the Lincoln City Club. His energy and passion for Rotary was a wonderful influence. His legacy will be with us forever.

  7. What a wonderful legacy he left behind – both in material and non-material ways.

    Dick’s warmth, care, and genuine interest in me are things I treasure and I aim to give such gifts to others. Losing him is immense, as it should be, for rare, rich souls as his leave a big emptiness when they’re gone.

    May the tears flow freely; may the times of numbness be endured; may the memories be cherished always.

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