Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Obituary: Kevin Olson


Kevin L Olson, 69, of Dorchester passed away August 19, 2022 in Lincoln.  Kevin was born in Oakland, NE on June 30, 1953 to Vernon and Norma (Lueninghoener) Olson. 

He graduated from Exeter Public School in 1971 and went on to Southeast Community College in Milford earning a degree in Diesel Technology in 1973.  He was employed by Horizontal Boring and Tunneling in Exeter until starting his employment for the Saline County Roads Department in 1994 where he worked as a maintainer operator for 25 years until he retired in 2019. 

Kevin married Carol Vnoucek at the United Methodist Church in Exeter on October 27, 1984 and to this union a son, Cale Robert was born.

Kevin loved to be outdoors, farming, fishing and hunting, especially with his son Cale, nephew Jerod and cousin Ed Olson. He raced ProAm stock cars primarily at Beatrice Speedway in Beatrice but also ventured to Eagle Raceway in Eagle, Midwest Speedway in Lincoln, Butler County Fairgrounds in David City, and the State Fair stock car races. He raced for over 27 years (1973-2000) making many memories with close friends Roger Klein, Tony Schweitzer, Jerome Ekeler and many more. Kevin was inducted into the Beatrice Speedway Hall of Fame in 2012. He was a big NASCAR fan, not to miss a race on Sunday afternoons on television.  His son Cale was named after NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Cale Yarborough.

Kevin loved being around kids, especially at the track, and was so proud when Cale and Jennie became parents of Waylon Harold and made him a grandparent.  Kevin always had a dog and loved each and every one of them but especially Barn, Comet and Scout.

Kevin is survived by his son Cale (Jen) and grandson Waylon of Dorchester, former spouse Carol Olson of Dorchester, mother Norma Olson of Crete, siblings Mike (Sharon) Olson of York, Cheryl (John) Bullard of Lincoln and Keith (Michelle) Olson of Friend.  One nephew Jerod Olson of Seward and three nieces, Amy Jappert of Lincoln, Sarah Menyweather of Lincoln and Abbey Schluter of Gretna.  He is preceded in death by his father Vernon, sister Diane, and grandparents Ed and Fern Olson and Arthur Lueninghoener and Emma Sohl. 

Kevin’s wishes were to be cremated with no visitation or funeral service. A Celebration of Kevin’s Life will be held at the Dorchester Legion at a later date.  Memorials may be given to the family for future designation.  Arrangements entrusted to Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete.

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