Vernon E. Olson - February 04, 2014Vernon E. Olson was born in Aurora, Nebr. on Sept. 4, 1927 and died on Feb. 4, 2014 in Westminster, Colorado.
Vern married Rachel Westlund in 1948. Together they had six children. Their first daughter, Glennis, died as a baby. Their surviving children are Robert (Debbie), Lorrie (Jim Lindgren), Rohn (Lisa), Rick (Nachaele), and Marshall (Hunter). Also surviving are 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Rachel passed away in 1987 after a 2-1/2 year battle with colon cancer. Vern married Jeannette Peterson in August of 1989. After Jeannette passed away in 2002, Vern married Doris Ekblad in February of 2003. Doris survives Vern and lives in Westminster, Colo. Vern is also survived by 2 brothers, Wayne (Betty) of Annandale, VA and John (Alayne) of Aurora.
Vern spent a year in the army from 1946 to 1947, then became a dairy and small-grain farmer until 1951, when he felt called to prepare for Christian service.
Vern's early formal training was at Trinity Bible College and Seminary in Chicago. He received his B.A. in Sociology from Augustana College, Sioux Fall, S.D., and an M.A. in Christian Education from Trinity Evan. Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary in Denver in 1979. Pastor Olson was ordained into the christian ministry by the Evangelical Free Church of America on Aug. 5, 1956. In the ensuing decades, Vern was a Sr. Pastor for 25 years. He taught full-time for 4 years at Trinity Evan Divinity School, taught part-time as a visiting professor in 3 colleges and 3 seminaries, several at overseas mission fields, and spent 12-1/2 years as Director of Church Extension in the Rocky Mountain District of the EFCA during which he helped plant 42 churches in 6 states. He retired from the ministry in 1997.
Vern's hobbies included woodworking, flying, reading and travel. He visited all 50 states and 23 foreign countries, led tours to the Holy Land six times and led one tour to Scandinavia.
Vern's legacy is depicted by his deep love for the Lord and devotion to his family.