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Dennis Olson

September 6, 1941 — September 23, 2017

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Dennis L. Olson, age 76, passed away surrounded by his family, on September 23, 2017, due to complications resulting from Parkinson’s disease.  He was born on September 6, 1941 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Aleida and Elwood Olson.  Dennis graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in History and received his Juris Doctor in 1966.  He is a member of the Nevada State Bar Association and the Minnesota State Bar Association.  On August 12, 1967, Dennis married his wife of 50 years, Joan Knudsen.

Dennis proudly served his country for twenty-seven and one-half years in the USAF, traveling and living at bases throughout the world.  During his military career, he was an accomplished Officer in the OSI (Office of Special Investigations) and JAG (Judge Advocate General) offices, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  He served two tours as a Trial Judge.  Following his retirement in 1994, Dennis and Joan relocated to Las Vegas, NV where he was a private attorney for eight years.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Joan; children Thomas (Lori) Olson and Robin (Peter) Eitel; brothers David (Sue) Olson and James (Judi) Olson. He is the proud Papa to four grandchildren: Mackenzie, Chase, Sydney and Kylie.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday September 28, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery located at 1900 Buchanan Blvd, Boulder City, NV.  In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Nevada Veterans Assistance League (NVAL).  Gifts to NVAL will directly benefit the residents at the Nevada State Veterans Home where Dennis lived for the past twelve years.  The family is grateful for the kind and loving care Dennis received at the home.

Nevada Veterans Assistance League

P.O. Box 60464

Boulder City, NV  89006-0464

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