O.A. “Bud” Olson

Oscar Adolph “Bud” Olson was born January 18, 1914, to Oscar Herman & Edith Mae (Patrick) Olson in the Argentine district of Kansas City, Kansas. He went to be with his Lord, Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at the age of 105, in Lawrence, Kansas. Mr. Olson is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dixie Ann Olson, of the home, son, Lynn Olson (Karen) of Lawrence, KS, daughter, Kathy Olson Nichols (Nick) of Hardyville, KY, son, Martin Johnson (Jana), Lawrence, KS, daughter, Susan Johnson Conley (Tom) of Kansas City; along with numerous grand and great grandchildren.

Mr. Olson worked with his father and brother, Alfred, in the family dairy business from a young age. He learned the discipline of bringing cows in for milking in the pre-dawn hours, and the art of working with neighbors to make them early customers of Olson and Sons Dairy. A new facility was completed in 1940 and was the first plant in Kansas City, to employ pasteurization techniques to raw milk. As the family business expanded and upon the death of his father in 1950, he joined with Milk Producers Marketing Co., as General Manager. He served in this capacity, until he acquired it and merged it with Olson Dairy, and the Lawrence Sanitary Milk plant in Lawrence, creating the All Star Dairy group. He designed a state-of-the-art plant in Lawrence, and continued to expand its market. It became a major business and employer in Douglas County. After retiring from the dairy business, he turned his attention to developing the bottled water industry, initially supplying “Adams Ale” in half pints to the railroads.

Bud lived in Kansas City for 53 years, building one of the first homes in the newly established Quivira Lake residential country club, in Johnson County. He moved to Lawrence in 1966, into a fine home he and Dixie designed. He enjoyed and thrived in the business world. He served as a director of the University State Bank, as well as numerous dairy related boards and governing bodies, receiving their coveted Life Time Achievement Award. He also enjoyed KU sports, and was passionate about his fishing trips to Hanson’s King Island, on the Lake of the Woods in Ontario Canada. Something he did for over 50 years. He loved being out on his land, catching up on local news at Amyx Barber Shop, and feeding black oil sunflower seeds to his backyard birds.

He will continue to live in the hearts of His loved ones….

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, KS.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Plymouth Congregational Church and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

7 Condolences

  1. Jack and Faith Greenwood on December 3, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Lynn and family: Faith joins me in extending our deepest sympathy on the passing of one tremendous human being. A wonderful smile, always gracious, and loving his big cars. It was a true pleasure when he would pass by or see you, again with his smile and sincere greeting. He will be missed.

  2. Phil Padden on December 4, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Lynn, I was sorry to hear the death of your dad. I loved hearing your stories of your dad, fishing in Canada. I’m sure he will be missed.

  3. Jack hinton on December 4, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Glenda and I are saddened by the passing of Bud. He and Dixie were always fun to be around when we lived in Lawrence. I would frequently stop by his office to chat with him about his beloved Jayhawks and many other things. He always had that wonderful smile on his face. One especially good time we had together was for his 100 birthday when Glenda and I dressed up (I even wore my tux for the occasion) and went out to eat dinner. I presented him with a basketball that Bill Self was kind enough to autograph. The four of us had a great time together! He will be sorely missed by everyone that knew him.
    Jack and Glenda Hinton (Tulsa, OK)

  4. Diana Ice on December 4, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Dear Lynn, Karen, and family,

    Dave and I send our sincere sympathy to you in the loss of your father.
    What a wonderful, long life he had!
    May you feel God’s comfort knowing that he is now with the Lord.

  5. Felicia Brown on December 4, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    I have fond memories of the five years I was employed at All Star Dairy. It was my first job out of high school, age 17 and no experience. It is there I met and married my husband in 1970. I often wondered how he was doing even if he was still with us. My sympathy and prayers to all the family, especially Lynn and Karen who I know best. And it is a great picture of him, just as I remember him.

  6. Donald Jones on December 6, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    My family is saddened by the passing of Mr. Olson. I have know them since 1970 while attending West Jr High. My father worked at All Star Dairy for over 28 years, Mr. Olson was also a great person to talk with at work or at his home. Mr. and Mrs. Olson always treated me well.

  7. Maria Grago on June 13, 2022 at 2:16 am

    I was very sad to hear of the passing of Adolph Olson my cousin. I want to send my condolences to Dixie and his family. My mother Christina Reisacker McDonald admired her cousin very much.

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