Rex Alan Olsen

Rex Alan Olsen, 64, passed away peacefully at Overland Park Regional Hospital on June 12, 2012. He is survived by his wife Linda and their sons, Christopher and wife Erica of La Palma, California and John and his wife Hallie of Atlanta, Georgia. Rex was the proud grandfather of Nicole, Carter, Pace and Ryan.

Rex grew up in Waterloo, Iowa and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1970. He served in the United States Army at the Presidio of San Francisco. He was an air traffic controller at the Olathe Air Route Control Center and later worked for the United Nations Developmental Program in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as an air traffic control instructor. He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2005 after working there for 19 years.

Besides delighting in being with his sons and their families, he enjoyed traveling with his wife and their dog, Greta, playing golf with his buddies, target shooting, and fishing. We will all miss his humor, his simile and his love.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Overland Park Regional Hospital for their care, compassion and support.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Susan G. Koman for the Cure, honoring his daughter-in-law’s battle with breast cancer or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. A memorial celebration of Rex’s life will be held later this summer.


  1. Bruce Harken on March 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I just learned of Rex’s passing. I went to junior high and hogh school with Rex. He was a lot of fun and a good guy. I am very sorry for your loss.

  2. Keith and Jan Keirsey on June 16, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Linda and Family,
    We have great memories of Rex as a friendly and kind neighbor. Please keep us informed about the service. Erica is in our prayers. We are sincerely sorry for your loss.

  3. Priscilla Crow on June 14, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Mike and I were shocked and so sorry to hear of Rex’s passing. He was such a “good” guy and I know you’ll miss him terribly.

  4. Lynn Black on June 13, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Rex’s family. His great sense of humor and smile will be missed. Sleep in Peace my friend.

  5. Collyn Peterson on June 13, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to Rex’s family. I met Rex at USDA/KCCO and found him to be highly intelligent, quick witted, honest, hardworking and a loyal civil servant. I trusted him and all his close friends. We enjoyed talking about our Iowa roots. I knew his father, “Ole” who was also a kind man. Rex reflected many of his father’s qualities.

  6. Paige Szajnuk on June 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Linda – I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. JC Christiansen on June 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Rex’s family. Rest in peace Rex.

  8. Bob Chamberlain on June 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Rex was a good friend and he will be missed.

  9. Jim Maxwell on June 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    God bless Rex.

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