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Eric Jon Olson

February 12, 1949 - November 24, 2021

U.S. Veteran

Graveside service with military honors will be held 9:30am Thursday December 2nd at Willamette National Cemetery. A memorial  service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Hillside Fellowship in Sweet Home.

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Eric “Ric” Jon Olson, 72, of Sweet Home passed away Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021.
He was born Feb. 12, 1949 in Kenosha, Wis., to Walter R. and Margaret Erna (Kuehn) Olson.
He was drafted into the United States Army in March of 1969. He trained at Ft. Ord, Calif.. He arrived in Vietnam Dec. 4, 1969, where he served in the Army’s 25th Division, 2-14 Infantry, First Platoon, Alpha Company in Cu Chi and Dau Tieng in the Ho Bo Woods, where he walked point for some seven months through an area he later discovered was the most heavily booby-trapped in southern Vietnam.
Ric was injured by shrapnel and discharged in 1970 after receiving two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star, as well as three Army commendations, two with a “V” device for valor, and three air medals, each recognizing 25 hours logged aboard a helicopter. He arrived home November 11, 1970.
In his younger years he lived in “the Valley” in Southern California, settling in Garden Grove. After Ric married Sue, they moved to Stanton, Calif. In 1976 he moved his family to Oregon living in Eugene, Brownsville and finally settling in Sweet Home in October 1984.
Ric was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Vietnam Veterans of America, VFW, Voyers American Legion.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was instrumental in the creation of a fishing pond for veterans, which included a 52-foot-long, 8-foot-wide  fishing dock.
Ric is survived by his wife Susan Olson of Sweet Home; children: Eric Jr. and (Angela) Olson of Keizer, Patty (Josh) Hankins of Sweet Home, Tim Olson and Kymn Taylor of Tualatin, Debbie Walvatne (Cody) of Sweet Home; grandchildren: Emma (Brandon) Morris of Jefferson; Julia Olson, Luci Hankins, Owen Hankins, Allison Hankins, Eli Olson, Tobias Walvatne; and great grandchild Baron Morris.
He was preceded in death by his parents Marg Bennett in 1992, Walt Olson in 2005; step-parent Harold Bennett; grandparents: Rueben Olson in 1959, Rose Olson in 1983, Paul Keuhn in 1968, Margaret Kuehn in 2002.
Viewing will be 4 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel.
Graveside service with military honors will be held 9:30am Thursday December 2nd at Willamette National Cemetery. A memorial  service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Hillside Fellowship in Sweet Home. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. www.sweethomefuneral.com