Carlyle L. Olson

Carlyle L. Olson, age 77 of Sherrill, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Carlyle’s life, his Celebration of Life for family and friends to gather and visit will be held on Monday, November 25, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Breitbach’s Country Dining, 563 Balltown Road, Balltown, Iowa.  Family and friends are also invited to visit from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at the Fawcett & Junker Funeral Home, 1476 West Broadway, Winona, Minnesota.  Carlyle’s memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home with burial following at the Bush Cemetery in Ridgeway, Minnesota, where full military honors will be accorded.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Carlyle’s family.


Carlyle was born on June 29, 1942 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, 1 of 13 children to Hector Sr. and Ida (Selke) Olson.  He was united in marriage to Norma L. Stark on March 4, 1967.  Carlyle, was a bridge painter in their early years together until they finally settled in Dubuque to raise a family of their own.  A.Y. McDonald was his first job here, but he finally got on at John Deere Dubuque Works, where he devoted over 28 years of his time and talents as a Supervisor before retiring in 2001. 


Carlyle enjoyed keeping busy in his free time and he also never passed up an opportunity to get outdoors and spend a few hours in the morning hunting deer, or even grabbing his favorite fishing pole and catching anything willing to bite on his hook that day.  Carlyle was also an avid collector of things, evidenced by his many beer steins.  If you needed anything which Carlyle could fix, offer or assist with, all you had to do was ask and watch him do what he did best; help.  We will miss his wonderful sense of humor, love for others (along with his stern finger pointing when necessary), and his Mr. Fix It ability, but we trust that we’ll see Carlyle again one day.  God bless and keep you safe in His loving arms Carlyle until we meet again and thank you for simply being you!        


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Carlyle include,

his loving wife,

Norma Olson, Sherrill, Iowa;


his 4 children,

Scott (Kim) Olson, Sherrill, Iowa,

Steve (Angela) Olson, Peosta, Iowa,

Sherri (Joey) Sigwarth, Balltown, Iowa,

and Shelli (Rick) Schmitt, Balltown, Iowa;


his 8 adored grandchildren,

Samantha Olson, Madelyn, Mitchel, & Mya Olson, Luke & Carlee Sigwarth, Benjamin & Nicholas Schmitt;


his 7 siblings,

Janet Konkel, Sonja Dulek, Dennis Olson, Denise Stark, Doreen Mish, Debra (Dave) Burce and Hector (Karen) Olson;


his in-law’s,

Fred Hardtke and Linda Olson;


his favorite grandpets,

Olga, Phylo, Bella, Fuz, Minni and Casper;


along with countless nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, friends and neighbors.


Carlyle was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Ralph (Arvilla) Olson, Arlan Olson Karen Hardtke, Roger Olson and Loren Olson; and his in-law’s, Dan Konkel, Rodney Dulek, Sue Olson, Fritz Stark and Leroy Mish. 


Carlyle’s family would like to extend a sincere and a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, along with everyone who has so generously and compassionately provided such excellent care and support to Carlyle, and his family.   Another special thank you to Mike & Cindy Breitbach, Breitbach’s Country Dining.  We couldn’t have done it without you, and may God bless you all for your kindnesses during these most difficult days! 


Online condolences may be shared with Carlyle’s family at

Celebration of Life

Breitbach's Country Dining
563 Balltown Road, Balltown, Iowa
November 25th, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Fawcett & Junker Funeral Home
1476 West Broadway, Winona, Minnesota
November 30th, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Memorial Service

Fawcett & Junker Funeral Home
1476 West Broadway, Winona, Minnesota
November 30th, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Cemetery Committal

Bush Cemetery
Ridgeway, Minnesota
November 30th, 2019 at 3:00 PM

7 comments on “Carlyle L. Olson
  1. Maxi Bebber says:

    Carlyle had the greatest smile all the time and I loved his laugh. He was a wonderful man and will be missed.
    My deepest sympathy to all of you. (((hugs)))

  2. Lori Konkel says:

    Norma and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Carlyle had a big presence, warm heart and great sense of humor; I still have many fond memories from years back. May your loving memories help you through this difficult time.

  3. Mary Ann Olson says:

    Norma, so sorry for your loss. My prayers for the family.

  4. Keith Braatz says:

    Norma & the Olson Family,
    The Braatz Family sends their Sincere Condolences for your loss.
    Carlyle will certainly be missed by all, what a Great Man to visit with.

  5. Jeff & Sherri Errthum says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed talking to Carlyle.

  6. Dawn Tully says:

    Sherri and Shelli
    So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories from my childhood of the great friendship between our parents. You Dad was a very great man, I always enjoyed his sense of humor and great laugh. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Carol Friedman says:

    He was an interesting guy with a great family. Prayers for all.

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