Robert J. “Speck” Olson
Robert J. “Speck” Olson, 87, formerly of 645 Evergreen Rd., St. Marys, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 at the Pinecrest Manor.He was born in St. Marys on Feb. 20, 1926, son of the late Wilfred O. and Elenora Pfeufer Olson. He was a lifelong resident of the community having attended local schools. He was a retired employee of Airco Carbon, having retired in 1985 after more than 40 years of service. He was a member of the Queen of the World Church. He was a veteran of the United States Navy having served in World War II and a lifetime member of the American Legion. He was honored in 2012 as one of the founding members of the Bavarian Hills Golf Course.He married M. Pauline Busch in 1950, and she preceded him in death in 1974. Also preceding him in death in 2010 was Edith Weber DeHaas who he married in 1983. He is survived by two daughters, Kathy (James Wonderly) of Weedville and Mary Ellen (Jeff Shivetts) of Pittsburgh; a son, Michael Olson of Boardman, Ohio; a stepdaughter, Nancy (Richard Lander) of Fort Worth, Texas; six grandchildren, Lauren Shivetts, Kyle Shivetts, Lenora Shoemaker, Jim Wonderly, Andy Wonderly, and Kevin Lander; seven great-grandchildren, Miranda Shoemaker, Sara Shoemaker, Rachel Wonderly, Brady Wonderly, Troy Wonderly, Thomas Wonderly, and Lucy Wonderly; two sisters, Eileen (Thomas Erich) and Doris (J. W. Schaefer Jr.), both of St. Marys; and by many nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents and wives, he was preceded in death by a brother, Wilfred J. “Bud” Olson of St. Marys.A Mass of Christian Burial for Robert J. “Speck” Olson will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Richard Allen, Pastor, officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday evening, Jan. 10 from 6-8 p.m. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk Regional Health System – Pinecrest Manor, 763 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, Pa. 15857, or to the Elk County Catholic School System, Advancement Office, 600 Maurus St., St. Marys, Pa. 15857.Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com.