Aubrey D. Olson

May 31, 1932 - December 1, 2017

Aubrey D. Olson, 85 of Eau Claire passed away on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Eau Claire.

Aubrey was born on May 31, 1932.  The third son of Oscar and Anna (Shields) Olson.  He attended 10th Ward, Eau Claire Jr. and Sr. High School, graduating in 1950.  In his senior year he was captain of the football and basketball teams and was the #1 player on the tennis team.  He entered the military service in 1952, serving two years in the US Army Signal Corps.  While in the army, he married Annette Blumlein in 1953.  They had two children, Allen Olson and Sue Olson Tiry.  After his military service, he returned to Eau Claire where he was employed at the US Rubber Co. for 32 years.  He attended Eau Claire Vocational school for two years, taking a course in woodworking. He enjoyed woodworking and made most of his own furniture.  He enjoyed a variety of sports, including golf, table tennis, racquetball, and paddleball.  He teamed with Diz Kronenberg to win the 1973 National Paddleboard title.  He was the Eau Claire Tennis Champion from 1955 to 1974.  He once shot a round of 29 at Lake Hallie Golf Course.  Aubrey was inducted into the Eau Claire Old Abe Athletic Club Hall of Fame in 2006. 

Aubrey is survived by his wife, Annette Olson of Eau Claire; son, Allen (Tammy) Olson of Sheboygan, WI; daughter, Sue Olson Tiry of Rockland, WI; grandchildren, Anna Tiry (Nick) Listwan and Travis (Jessica) Olson; great-granddaughter, Anja Olson; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dorothey (Blumlein) and Rolland Olufson; and many nieces and nephews.

Aubrey was preceded in death by his parents; inlaws, Andrew and Martha Blumlein; sisters, June Anderson, Verona Faltz, Irma Cartwright, Ethel Mae Jackson, and Lois Nicolet; and brothers, Oscar Olson and Charles Olson.

Memorial services will be Friday, December 8, 2017 at 11:00 am at Smith Funeral Chapel with Pastor Dean Simpson officiating.  Visitation will be an hour prior to the services at the funeral home on Friday. 

  1. Annette,
    So very sorry to read about Aubrey’s passing. Just wanted you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We live in Faribault, Minnesota now (same town as our son) and Ted happened to see Aubrey’s obituary online in the Leader-Telegram. What an athlete Aubrey was! Praying God will send strength and comfort to you and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Ted and Gail Baehr

    - Ted and Gail Baehr

  2. My deepest condolences. Uncle Aub will live on in our memories, which are many and varied. His life was a true testament to the diligence it takes to be a world class athlete, man, husband, father and grandparent. My love to the family.

    - Carrie Bazella (Olufson)

  3. We were saddened to learn the news about Aubrey. He was a great friend and a great athlete. We had memorable adventures at McDonough Playground and Dell’s Pond.

    Our deepest sympathy to Annette and the family.

    - Stan and Jean DuFrane

  4. We were sad to learn the news about Aubrey. He was a great friend and a great athlete. We had some memorable adventures at McDonough Playground and Dell’s Pond.

    Our deepest sympathy to Annette and the family.

    - Stan and Jean DuFrane

  5. Mrs. Olson, Al and Sue,

    I recently learned of Aubrey’s passing and wanted to extend my deepest condolences.
    I didn’t know him well but I remember my dad, Allan, saying that he was one of the nicest guys and best athletes he’d ever known. They worked together at Uniroyal for over 30 years, which in itself, qualifies for hero status. He was my inspiration to begin playing paddleboard/racquetball at the “Y” and eventually play competitive squash. I wish I could have known him better. He was truly an outstanding husband, father, friend and athlete who will be truly missed.

    Sincerely and with warm regards,

    Tedd Hoyt

    - Tedd J. Hoyt

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