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“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 ”
1 of 31 | Posted by: William FRED Jackson - WOODSTOCK, GA

“So sorry to hear of your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
2 of 31 | Posted by: Becky Zerwas (Ford) - Dayton, IA

“So sorry for your loss, praying for comfort at this time. ”
3 of 31 | Posted by: Glenda Hiddleson - Dawson, IA

“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...Read More »
4 of 31 | Posted by: Rich and Judy Burnell - Paton, IA

“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...Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: Jay

“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...Read More »
6 of 31 | Posted by: Carol Kozlik - Iowa City, IA

“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, ...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: Susan Grummon - Phoenix, AZ

“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...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: Jean Hindman Cole - Decatur, AL

“Cherish the memories May you find hope and strength each day duringthis sad time. ”
9 of 31 | Posted by: Mary Eklund - MESA, AZ

“Joyce, Sympathy and prayers for the loss of your husband Dean. I am from Dayton and attended school there as well. Brenda (Blanchet) Houck ”
10 of 31 | Posted by: Brenda Houck - Bremerton, WA

“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...Read More »
11 of 31 | Posted by: Howard & Patty MacKenzie

“Keith had fun memories of riding to Hormals back in the day. Thoughts & prayers. ”
12 of 31 | Posted by: Keith & Linda Vangilder - Carroll, IA

“Joyce, Joann Stark Eddy just called to tell me of Dean's death. Please accept my prayers and sympathy. ”
13 of 31 | Posted by: Margaret Lang - Cincinnati, OH

“Joyce, Julie, Susan he was one of the best men I have ever known. My condolences. Love u guys John D ”
14 of 31 | Posted by: John Della Vedova Della Vedova - IA

“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...Read More »
15 of 31 | Posted by: John Muench - Prior Lake, MN

“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...Read More »
16 of 31 | Posted by: Kenr Knopf - Granger, IA - Friend

“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...Read More »
17 of 31 | Posted by: Patty Stockman-Sann - Clarion, IA

“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 ”
18 of 31 | Posted by: Gordon Hanson - Largo, FL

“Sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family. ”
19 of 31 | Posted by: Diane Engquist - Harcourt, IA

“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...Read More »
20 of 31 | Posted by: Sharon Kalkwarf Swensen - FL

“(((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...Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: Jean McAtee-Feldmann - Friend

“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. ...Read More »
22 of 31 | Posted by: Joanne and John Knol - CO

“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...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: Marla and Mark Swanson - Dayton, IA

“So sorry for your loss ”
24 of 31 | Posted by: Gerry & Debbie Buck - Largo, FL

“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...Read More »
25 of 31 | Posted by: Patsy Lumley - Largo, FL - Friend

“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...Read More »
26 of 31 | Posted by: Linda Mc - FL

“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...Read More »
27 of 31 | Posted by: Lauree Birchmeier - Dewey, AZ


“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 ...Read More »
29 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
30 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

“Our condolences to the family. May God fulfill his promise of binding up the brokenhearted. Isa 61:1. ”
31 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

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.