Olsen, Gene Rodney

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March 26, 1928 - September 15, 2017

Olsen, Gene Rodney

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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William Frazier

October 23, 2017 10:29AM

My sincere sorrow and sympathy to Myrna and Family for their loss. Gene was a fine person, kind and considerate of all. I cared very much for him and have greatly missed both he and Myrna for a long time. With Love-Bill

Glen & Lisa Yancey

September 25, 2017 11:35AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Olsen family during this tough time.

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