Olsen, Gene Rodney
March 26, 1928 - September 15, 2017
Gene Rodney Olsen Gene passed peacefully in Rowlett, Texas on September 15, 2017 surrounded by loving family. He was born on March 26, 1928 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Ruth Upton and Herbert Olsen.
He and his parents moved to Dallas in 1940 where they settled in the Park Cities. Gene graduated from Highland Park High School in January, 1947 and attended Texas Tech College. He was a lifelong Red Raider fan. Gene served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1954. He married Myrna Caudle of Eastland County, Texas on August 19, 1952. Myrna and Gene recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. He was loved and respected by everyone who knew him. Gene brought us all the gift of music appreciation.
He is survived by his wife, Myrna Olsen, and children; Ron Olsen, Jeanine and David Langford, Debbie and Allan Baker, Gary Olsen and Michie Akin, Lisa and Bill Olsen. Grandchildren: Jason Langford, Jeri Baker, Chad Baker, Kevin Baker, Jillian Conry, Shelby Bethea Also survived by six great-grandchildren and numerous loving nieces and nephews.
Services will be on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.
Donations may be made in Gene Olsen’s memory to:
Volunteer Services Council C/O Denton State Supported Living Center
PO Box 368 Denton, TX 76202-0368
The blue eyed, golden haired boy
Rode trollies, wore a Cowboy outfit and
Ate cookies in his grandmother’s kitchen
As he grew he acquired a love of music
And learned how to fix things
Later he served our country
In the Navy
He married a country gal from Texas
And became the patriarch of five children
They were like other families
They lived through hard times
They lived through good times…like
Wooden roller coasters, picnics, and world fairs
And Christmas mornings in pajamas
Then there were the Arkansas summers….
Spent at the lake of a favorite aunt and uncle
Here is where I picture all seven of us
Laughing, splashing, and playing in the lake
In the golden sunshine
Dad frozen in time
– Jeanine Olsen Langford
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