In Memory

Rockney Olson

Rockney (Rock) Lawrence Olson, 69, Rock, was a longtime resident of the San Francisco Bay area. He resided in Novato, California. Rock went to be with his Lord on November 6, 2018.

He was born in La Crosse, WI, on July 12, 1949. He was preceded in death by his parent Werner and Lillian (Lolven) Olson, both of Eau Claire, WI.

A 1967 graduate of Memorial High School in Eau Claire, where he was an honor student and high school tutor.

Rock is survived by his brother, Scott (Debra) Olson of Eau Claire, sisters Janelle (Robert) Happle of Mesa, Ariz., and Kristine (Paul) Gilbertson of Eau Claire, and many nieces and nephews.

Rock met and married Linda Johnson, while attending the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Their love for travel began abroad doing such things as teaching English in Okinawa, Japan, going on archaeology digs, and visiting the Great Pyramids of Egypt. They later separated, but he continued to fill his life with his passion for education and travel, and travel the world he did.

Rock’s last request was to be laid to rest with his mother in Blair, WI.

A private family ceremony will be held at a later date.

“Until we are together again, may God keep you in the Palm of His Hand”

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12/07/18 12:05 PM #1    

Jean Skeels (Close)

So sorry to hear of Rocky's passing---We were classmates way back to Arlington Heights.  It sounds like he lived life to the fullest!!!   May he rest in peace.

12/07/18 12:46 PM #2    

Catherine McRae (Haasl)

My condolences to Scott and the rest of Rocky's family.  We also were classmates way back to Arlington Heights.  It sounds like he lived an amazing life.  Rest in peace, Rocky!


12/07/18 03:28 PM #3    

Diane Strand (Vinopal)

So sorry to hear of Rockney's passing. We have gone to school together since 5th grade at Arlington Heights. My condolences to the family. RIP Rocky.

12/07/18 06:43 PM #4    

Jean Behnke (Wisnewski)

Very sorry to hear of the loss of another classmate.  I do remember Rocky from high school.  It sounds like he lived a life he loved.  Thoughts and prayers to family and friends. R.I.P.

12/07/18 07:00 PM #5    

Mark Tibbits

Rocky, Rocky, Rocky!  In high school one year Rocky and Nelson and I teamed up to go to Madison for the BB state tourney.  When we got to the host family's house we were ushered to our quarters in the basement.  Here we found Davenport, Sorenson and Tyler.  I knew right away that this would not end well.  I can't remember specifically what Rocky contributed to our demise because he was always relatively quiet, but after we returned to ECM the next week we were all called down to the office.  Each had to write a letter of appology to the hosts. Oh well, I'm sure that the rest of us deserved the punishment.

I lost touch with him after high school but was glad to see that he had a fruitful life and traveled the world.

12/08/18 08:06 AM #6    

Catherine McRae (Haasl)

That's a good story, Mark TibbIts; fond high school memories!


12/08/18 10:48 AM #7    

Sue Monty (Thomasgard)

So sorry to hear of the death of another of our classmates.  It sounds like Rockney lived a full and interesting life, even though it ended too soon. My condolences to his family and friends.

12/08/18 03:10 PM #8    

Sheryl Manthei (Rudd)

It is so sad to hear of the loss of another classmate. My sympathy & prayers go out to his family and friends.

12/13/18 11:20 AM #9    

Greg Martin

Sad to see another one of us bites the dust. Many good times with Rockey in hs & after. We'd do a lot of crusen around in his silver convertable w/ Sam Cook, Wilson Picket & others blasting out, Rockey really liked that mo-town sound back then. In the early 70s I had a lg log cabin on ELK LAKE & Rockey & Linda needed a place to live, they took a unused BR. Linda was a RN at Sacred heart, Forgot what Rockey did for work. We did a LOT of partying & hangen out at the Joint. Exchanged letters with them in Japan, he was teaching English & partying alot there. Havent seen him in 20+ yrs. Great Guy,  RIP Rock, hope to spark one up with you on the other side.Your friend.  Marty

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