NORFOLK — Services for Robert M. Oleson, 71, of Norfolk will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hadar with burial in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery and the Rev. Nathaniel J. Winkel officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Home for Funerals. Mr. Oleson died Monday, April 15, 2013, at Faith Regional Health Services following a lengthy illness.
Bob was born on Jan. 2, 1942, in Tilden, the son of Marion and Oneita (James) Oleson. The family moved to California when Bob was a toddler. He graduated from South Gate High School, South Gate, Calif., in 1959. Bob earned his bachelor's degree in police sciences from East Los Angeles College in 1961. After serving in the Army Reserves following college, Bob returned to Nebraska in 1962. On Jan. 19, 1964, Bob married Shirley E. Raabe at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hadar. Bob began his career with the U.S. Postal Service in 1966. He was appointed superintendent of postal operations in 1983 and continued at that position into 1992. He was instrumental in building the current mail processing and distribution plant in Norfolk, in which he served as the plant manager from 1992 until his retirement on Feb. 1, 2001.
Bob was passionate about his family and was an avid genealogist. He loved to read and enjoyed visiting with his friends and neighbors. He also enjoyed playing golf and softball on local Norfolk teams.
He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hadar. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America as a youth. He was involved with the United Way for a number of years.
Bob is survived by his wife, Shirley, of 49 years; their children, Robin Parker of Sioux Falls, S.D., Sheri and her husband, Ryan Ross of Sioux City, Iowa, and Blake Oleson of Norfolk; four grandchildren, Sydney Parker, Mason Parker, John Parker III and Bailey Oleson; and three great-grandchildren; one stepbrother, Howard Dahl of Redding, Calif.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Greg Oleson and Bret Oleson; his parents; one brother, Gary Oleson; and one son-in-law, John T. Parker Jr.