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Jerry Olson coached his daughters’ teams

Gerald “Jerry” Olson, 68, of Tolleson, Ariz., and former longtime resident of Sturgis, died unexpectedly on July 26, 2013, at his home.
Jerry was born April 11, 1945, in Mobridge to Alf and Luwella (Aman) Olson. He grew up near McLaughlin
Jerry served in the U.S. Army from 1965 until 1967. Following his honorable discharge, he moved to Sturgis.
He married Mille Rittle and they had two lovely daughters, Talona and Tammy. Jerry and Millie divorced many years later.
Jerry worked at Owens Interstate and other various jobs in the Sturgis area before beginning his career in nursing service and Fort Meade VA Hospital.
Jerry met Margo Thomson and they were married. This union lovingly added Margo’s children, Jan and Barry, to the family. They moved to Reno, Nev., where he worked at the Reno VA Hospital until his retirement.
Jerry loved boating, fishing, baseball and playing cards with his family. He enjoyed coaching his daughters’ softball teams as they were growing up. He loved gardening, especially raising tomatoes. He also enjoyed canning his homegrown tomatoes.
Survivors include his daughters and stepchildren, Tammy Taylor of Amarillo, Texas, Talona Olson of Lufkin, Texas, Jan Kellogg of Long Beach, Calif., and Barry Thompson of Portland, Ore.; eight grandchildren, BreiAnn, Laura, Zachary, Nicole, Olivia, Sophia, Derrick and Mandy; one great-grandson, Oden; and four sisters, Diane Fischer of Sheridan, Wyo., Barb Geurts of Tolleson, and Cathrine Johnson and Phyllis Olson, both of Sturgis.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Alf and Luwella Olson; wife, Margo; brother, Richard Olson; and many other close relatives.
A celebration of his life will be held Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Henrique Fleming officiating.
Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery with military honors provided by the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard.
A memorial has been established to the Sturgis youth baseball and softball programs.
Condolences may be sent the family at


Gerald “Jerry” Olson