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Richard "Ric" Olson

February 20, 1951 June 1, 2019
Richard "Ric" Olson
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Richard M. “Ric” Olson, 68, of Peoria, Ill. passed away Saturday, June 1, 2019 in the Emergency Room at OSF Medical Center in Peoria. Ric was born on February 20, 1951 in Marquette, Mich. to Marcus “Mark” M. and Elaine (Stolpe) Olson. His mother preceded him in death, along with an infant daughter, Lindsay, and infant son, Derek. His brother, Joseph A. Olson, also preceded him on May 31, 2019.

Surviving are: his son, Richard A. “Tony” Olson; his Life Partner, Debbie Dew; his father, Mark, and Ric’s former wife, Connie Couri, all of Peoria. His surviving siblings include: Michael P. (Laurie) Olson of Peoria; Susan I. (Jerry) Brady of Edwards; Jane A. (Mark) Golowski of Peoria and Patti L. (Bob) Keegan of Dunlap. Several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and great nephews also survive, along with his beloved cocker spaniel, Sassy.

In the early 1960’s, Ric was the World’s Junior Log Rolling Champion in Hayward, Wisc. He also performed log rolling feats across the Midwest in tournaments and in demonstrations with his father. Ric was a 1969 graduate of Richwoods High School, where he played football and baseball. His stellar play for the Pekin Stars in the late-1960s earned him an ice hockey scholarship to Michigan State University.

After playing three seasons at MSU, he signed a professional contract with the Boston Bruins and played with their farm club in Saginaw, Mich. Following his return to Peoria in the early-1970s, Ric led the Peoria Blades for the next 10 years. A participant in the 1976 Olympic try-outs, he was the last defenseman cut on the team that went to Innsbruck, Austria. Ric played for the Peoria Prancers, the city’s first professional hockey team, during the 1982-83 season.

He spent many years giving back to the sport he loved, including as a dedicated and hard-working coach in the Peoria Youth Hockey Association, where he also served on its board. Ric was a proud hockey coach for his son’s team, as well as many of his nephews’ teams. He was also a well-respected official, refereeing at all levels of hockey in Central Illinois.

Ric graduated from Western Illinois University, earning a degree in Business. He owned the Peoria Sports Emporium, and also opened and operated the Sports Shop in Owens Recreation Center. Ric also enjoyed being a part owner of the Peoria Mustangs for three years, and he worked 18 years at Caterpillar, retiring in 2011.

Cremation rites will be accorded. Ric’s life will be celebrated along with his brother Joe’s life, beginning with a visitation on Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Peoria Heights. Monsignor Jason Gray, Father Paul Stark and Father Thomas Taylor will officiate the funeral mass on Friday, June 7, at 10:30 a.m., with additional visitation at 9:30 a.m. prior to mass at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Peoria Youth Hockey. Memorials will benefit Learn to Play programs and scholarships.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com


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Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

6

Jun

4:00 PM 6/6/2019 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 6/6/2019 8:00:00 PM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Visitation

Friday

7

Jun

9:30 AM 6/7/2019 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 6/7/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Friday

7

Jun

10:30 AM 6/7/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States
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