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Carl Olson

Published: Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 12:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 1:05 p.m. CDT

NORMAL — Mr. Carl M. Olson, 92, of Normal, formerly of Princeton, passed away at 8:53 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Heritage Health Care Center in Normal.

Carl was born Oct. 24, 1920, in Pomeroy, Iowa, the son of Martin and Anna (Isaacson) Olson. He married Virginia M. Carlson on Sept. 15, 1945, in Princeton. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years.

Carl had formerly worked in sales for Rath Meat Packing Company in Waterloo, Iowa, and Kansas City, Mo. Later he moved to Rockford where he became involved with furniture sales and later to Princeton where he co-owned and operated Larson Furniture Store until he retired. He served on the Children's Home Foundation Board and was a member and past president of Princeton Rotary. He also served on the Princeton Elementary School Board in Princeton. While living in Princeton he was an active member of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Carl also served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He enjoyed traveling, golf, coin collecting and fishing. Carl enjoyed classical music and was a gifted violinist.

Surviving are two daughters, Sharry (Dr. James) Zimmerman of Bloomington and Barb (Doug) Evans of Zeeland, Mich.; six grandchildren, Karen (Eric) Wright of Orland Park, Matthew Zimmerman, Susan (Brent) Collins of Louisville, Ky., Jonathan (Sarah) Zimmerman of Indianapolis, Ind., and Becky and Scotty Evans of Zeeland, Mich.; three great-grandchildren, Norah Wright of Orland Park, Ethan Collins of Louisville, Ky., and Everett Zimmerman of Indianapolis, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Katherine Matthews; and two sisters, Doris Berglund and Pearl Peterson.

Services were held Monday at the Evangelical Covenant Church, 24 N. Main St., Princeton, with the Rev. Derek C. Boggs and the Rev. C. John Weborg officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery, Princeton. Visitation was held Monday at the church.

The family suggest memorials be made to the Evangelical Covenant Church youth ministry, Princeton, or the Alzheimer's Association.

Arrangements were handled by the Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington.

View the obituary and share condolences and memories online at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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