In Memory

Donald E (Donny) Olson

Donald E (Donny) Olson

Donald E. "Donny" Olson Sr., 69, of Billings, passed away in the comfort of his home Oct. 28, 2017.

Donny was born Feb. 23, 1948, in Billings to Sheldon and Pauline (Gregoryk) Olson. He attended local schools and graduated from Billings West High School in 1967. Donny began his career with Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 30 after graduation and was a 50-year member at the time of his death. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served one tour of duty in Vietnam from 1969-1970. He married Carlotta Stoltz on July 6, 1969, and they had two children, Donald Jr. and Windy. Carlotta passed away in 2001.

Donny was a passionate fisherman and talented fly tier. He loved to fish with his son and brothers Tom and Dick. He was an avid gardener and was known for his homemade salsa. He was a hardcore Oakland Raiders fan.

Donny married Serina Embry in Billings on Oct. 8, 2005. They enjoyed playing board games, going to the hill climbs, car races, plays, traveling, and spending time with their grandkids. He loved to BBQ and made the best shish kabobs. Donny also enjoyed ushering at his church. He was a friend to all and could go nowhere without running into to someone he knew.

Donny was preceded in death by his wife Carlotta; parents, brothers Jim, Larry, Tom, and John, sister Polly Stauffer and husband Walt, and grandson Ryeli Embry.

He is survived by his wife Serina, son Donald Jr, daughter Windy (Dave) Hufstedler, Serina’s children: Amber (Eric Cates) Embry, Jill (Jon) Pentzer, Kelley Embry, and Tom Embry, grandchildren: Kasarah, Nick, Zach, Tucker, Cody, Kenzie, Sam, Zoey, Ben, Bella, Tatiana, Jake, and Joey. He is also survived by his brother Dick (Kay) Olson, sister Penny Olson and several nieces and nephews, his mother-in-law Betty Bourne, sisters-in law Debbie Olson, Christi (Wayne) Papke, brothers-in-law Tom (Kris) Bourne and Brad Bourne, and best friend Doug Iams.

The family would like to thank Compassus Hospice and Synergy Home Care for their compassionate care and support.

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11/02/17 11:02 AM #1    

Rand Hubbell

It sounds like Don was a talented, good guy all his life. For those of us who didn't see or spend time with him after high school, it is our loss.  Clearly, he will be missed by many.

11/02/17 01:46 PM #2    

Gary Kirkpatrick

When Donny and I were in the 6th grade he ended up some how with a $20 bill.  He came and got me since we lived on the same street and were good friends.  Showed me the money and he desperately needed to hide the money or spend it soon.  So we went to the Frost Top Drive Inn and ate a huge lunch.  Well, the $.15 hamburgers and fries amounted to not very much.  We ate and ate and at the end of three days we still had over $10.  Again Donny was very nervous because he borrowed the money from his dad.  We went to the Frost Top and purchase little burger specials @ $.15 to spend the rest of the money.  Total we had 60 hamburgers to get ride of among the neighborhood.  We finally got caught and had to admitt what we did.  That my friends is why Donny and I were not on the honor roll.    Gary Kirkpatrick

11/12/17 12:57 AM #3    

Dianne Wagner (Ostermiller)

So sorry to learn of Donny's passing.  I had the opportunity to visit with him at our prior reunions.  He always had a good sense of humor and loved to have fun.  Fond memories of him.  Rest in peace classmate!

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