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.