Ron Olsen, a former PHFD deputy chief and father of our Battalion Chief Scott Olsen, died Wednesday, November 8.
Ron served the PHFD beginning in 1962. He retired as deputy chief in 1988. For a number of years after that Ron served as a part-time fire inspector retiring for a second time in 2015.
When the first addition to the original fire station occurred in the early 1970s, Ron played a key role in the masonry work and other details. In the 2000s Ron helped with two significant masonry repairs to walls in the fire station saving the PHFD time and money.
Ron’s service to the PHFD and the citizens of Prospect Heights was truly invaluable and cherished. He will be missed.
Ronald J. Olsen, 79 of Grayslake, formerly of Prospect Heights was born October 24, 1938 in Chicago to Harry and Bertha (nee Torkilsen) Olsen and passed away November 7, 2017. Ron was retired Deputy Chief of the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District, 50 year member of D.C Crieger Masonic Lodge #81 AF & AM and Past Patron of the Arlington Heights Chapter of the Eastern Star. Ron was the beloved husband of Lorraine L. (nee Weiss) Olsen; loving father of Kimberly (Richard, Lt. MPFD) Christensen, Scott, Battalion Chief Prospect Heights Fire District (Georgette) Olsen and Brigette (Daniel Schley) Miksch; cherished grandfather of Emily (Tony) Thompson, Brent Fergus, Jenna Christensen, Jacob Christensen, Nicole Olsen, Megan Olsen, Steven Miksch, Victoria Miksch and Breeanna Schley; dear brother of Robert Olsen, Richard (Ruth) Olsen, Kenneth (Debbie) Olsen, Jerry (Danila) Olsen and Laura Olsen and fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Friday, November 10, 2017 from 3-9 PM at Lauterburg & Oehler Funeral Home, 2000 E. Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights where funeral services will be held Saturday, November 11 at 10:30 AM. Interment Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the appreciated.