Dean Olson

  • Born: February 11, 1935
  • Died: July 10, 2018
  • Location: Largo, Florida

Carson-Stapp Funeral Homes

406 3rd St NE
Dayton, IA 50530
Tel. (515) 547-2512

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Dean by adding your memories and photos.

Dean Olson, 83, passed away at the Suncoast Hospice in Largo, Florida on July 10, 2018.

A memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Dayton. Private burial will be in the Dayton Cemetery. A celebration of life will take place in Florida at a later date. For online obituaries & condolences visit:

Dean was born on February 11, 1935 in Boone County to Rudolph and Anna (Johnson) Olson. He married Joyce Jensen on June 9, 1956 and they made their home in Dayton, Iowa where they raised their 2 daughters. He worked at Jensen Dairy, Hormels, and owned Olson Construction.

Dean enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, and looking for mushrooms. He excelled in all sports, but watching Dean hurl the softball was pure entertainment. Dean started his softball competition with the Boxholm Swedes in 1952 after completing an outstanding career in high school basketball and baseball at Boxholm High School. He was inducted into the Iowa Softball Hall of Fame in 1986. He passed on his love of many sports to his daughters and grandkids.

Dean is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joyce Olson, daughters Julie (Jeff) Semprini, Susan (Jeff) Muench; grandchildren, Sara, Rachel, Chelsey, Nathan, Nolan; great grand daughter Julia; siblings Jeanette Sprecher, Bill Olson, Bob Olson, Gene Olson, and Judy Outtrim and extended family and friends. Dean was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Janice Doran and JoAnn Anderson.

Memorials in Dean's name may be directed to Suncoast Hospice.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Played ball with Dean n the Bombers, Dean was a lot of fun to around and one fine pitcher. R.I.P. Dean Fred Jackson

Posted by William FRED Jackson - WOODSTOCK, GA   September 05, 2018

So sorry to hear of your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Becky Zerwas (Ford) - Dayton, IA   July 23, 2018

So sorry for your loss, praying for comfort at this time.

Posted by Glenda Hiddleson - Dawson, IA - Classmate   July 21, 2018

FUN! This man had fun in his life and expressed it fully through his wife, daughters and families. Happiness should be the description of how he approached life and he shared it with all he met. Thankful to have been exposed to a man who never knew a stranger! Sorry he slipped away to higher duties, so heaven will be enjoying him now. Hugs to you all, and appreciate the time you had with someone so special! Your friends, Rich and Judy Burnell

Posted by Rich and Judy Burnell - Paton, IA - Family Friend   July 21, 2018

Please accept my condolences. We are certainly looking forward to our Heavenly Father's promise at Isaiah 65:17, 22-24. Until His promise is fulfilled, may your faith be strengthened in the only one who can bring about righteous conditions.

Posted by Jay    July 21, 2018

Joyce, Jules, and Susan,
My heartfelt sympathy at losing DeanO. Memories of fun times and much laughter (on and off the softball field) are made great by people like Dean and the Olson family. He will be well remembered by many. -- Koz

Posted by Carol Kozlik - Iowa City, IA   July 20, 2018

Thinking of you with sympathy and hoping in the days ahead you will find comfort in your many happy memories. I remember the Olson family fondly, especially baby-sitting for you, Susan and Julie! Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Susan Grummon

Posted by Susan Grummon - Phoenix, AZ - Friend   July 17, 2018

To Sue, Julie, Joyce and family: Sorry to hear about Dean's passing. I remember Dean helping our Dayton girls softball team prepare for tournaments a couple of times. Good sense of humor and a seriously fast pitcher. May your saddness soon fall away and leave you only with memories of the good times.

Posted by Jean Hindman Cole - Decatur, AL - Friend   July 16, 2018

Cherish the memories May you find hope and strength each day during
this sad time.

Posted by Mary Eklund - MESA, AZ   July 16, 2018

Joyce, Sympathy and prayers for the loss of your husband Dean. I am from Dayton and attended school there as well. Brenda (Blanchet) Houck

Posted by Brenda Houck - Bremerton, WA - Friend   July 16, 2018

I will always remember Dean's stories, both of his sports achievements and how proud he was of all the Grandkids. We sure will miss the 4 o'clock somewhere cocktails.

Posted by Howard & Patty MacKenzie - Bridgewater - Friend   July 16, 2018

Keith had fun memories of riding to Hormals back in the day. Thoughts & prayers.

Posted by Keith & Linda Vangilder - Carroll, IA - Family Friend   July 16, 2018

Joyce, Joann Stark Eddy just called to tell me of Dean's death. Please accept my prayers and sympathy.

Posted by Margaret Lang - Cincinnati, OH - Friend   July 15, 2018

Joyce, Julie, Susan he was one of the best men I have ever known. My condolences.

Love u guys John D

Posted by John Della Vedova Della Vedova - norwalk, IA - Family Friend   July 15, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Joyce, you Julie, and you Susan and your families.

We had such a wonderful time with you guys on a Florida beach earlier this year. We opened up the "scrap book" and laughed and laughed! What great memories and fun stories!

At a time like this, I do need these words: God didn't promise days with pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for The Way!

DeanO...RIP my friend! You were one the the best...and then some!

Our love,
John and Stephanie Muench

Posted by John Muench - Prior Lake, MN - Family Friend   July 15, 2018

My thoughts are with the Olson family during this very sad time. We had so much fun over the years at Okoboji having fish fries and cocktails. I think Dean could catch a fish in a mud puddle. I will miss him when I am fishing but will always treasure the times we had. Thank you Joyce for sharing Dean so you could shop and we could fish. Kent

Posted by Kenr Knopf - Granger, IA - Friend   July 14, 2018

Joyce, Jules and Blue,

So sorry for your loss of DeanO. What a guy What fun we all had on and off the UNI or Bomber/Bomberette softball fields! He made pitching look so easy. His height and stride so imposing only 46' away. And it got really fun when he was PO'd at an umpire.

We will all miss his big bear hugs and laughter.


Posted by Patty Stockman-Sann - Clarion, IA - Friend   July 14, 2018

Hi Joyce were deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Dean he was a great guy we will deeply miss him Gordon and Oly

Posted by Gordon Hanson - Largo, FL - Friend   July 14, 2018

Sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

Posted by Diane Engquist - Harcourt, IA   July 13, 2018

Our condolences, Joyce, Julie and Susan. I feel fortunate to have seen all of you in February and spend time reminiscing with Dean. I know you have so many wonderful memories to sustain you in your grief.

Love, Sharon and Arne

Posted by Sharon Kalkwarf Swensen - The Villages, FL - Friend   July 13, 2018

(((HUGS))) Oh! So many memories that are now treasures. I met him a few times and he ALWAYS had a smile and laugh...Take care and give those you love hugs.
Jean and Donald Feldmann from Jtown

Posted by Jean McAtee-Feldmann - Friend   July 13, 2018

John and I wish to send you and your family our deepest sympathy. Dean will be greatly missed in FV. We will especially miss his hearty laugh. Know that we are thinking of you at this time.

Big hugs from the both of us.

Posted by Joanne and John Knol - Horseshoe Valley, Ontario Ca, CO - Friend   July 13, 2018

Joyce, Julie, Susan and families, So sad to hear of Dean's passing. He was one of the most charming, talented and fun loving guys we have ever met and, no doubt, a wonderful husband, dad and grandpa. We are thinking of you all at this time.

Posted by Marla and Mark Swanson - Dayton, IA - Friend   July 13, 2018

So sorry for your loss

Posted by Gerry & Debbie Buck - Largo, FL - Friend   July 13, 2018

Dean was one of a kind. Always friendly to everyone and ready to have a good time. He could make good Manhattans also. Rest in peace Dean, you will be missed in Fairway Village.

Posted by Patsy Lumley - Largo, FL - Friend   July 13, 2018

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. May the fond memories of your loved one sustain your family at this time. May you also receive comfort from what is stated at 1 Peter 5:6,7.

Posted by Linda Mc - FL   July 13, 2018

Beautifully said. I have so many memories with Dean and your whole family. After I moved to Michigan I had the pleasure to watch Dean pitch in a tournament there. He was so amazing to watch and see the way he could move that ball. Dean and Joyce are the life of the party and Dean you will be missed. Love you big guy!

Posted by Lauree Birchmeier - Dewey, AZ - Family Friend   July 13, 2018



Posted by BILL HEDBLOM - COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA - Classmate   July 13, 2018

I am extending my sincere sympathy to you for the loss of your loved one . May you hold the memories and the love you shared with him always close in your hearts .

Posted by A friend   July 12, 2018

My sincere condolences. May god provide you peace and strength during this time of sorrow, while you cherish the memories of your loved one who is to in God's memory. 1 Thessalonians 4:14

Posted by A friend   July 12, 2018

Our condolences to the family. May God fulfill his promise of binding up the brokenhearted. Isa 61:1.

Posted by A friend   July 12, 2018

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