Erik Paul Olson passed away peacefully in his sister’s arms the morning of Aug. 22 after a brief battle with cancer.
Erik was born in Lewistown MT on 9-30-66 to the proud parents of Norman and Nancy Olson. His first and best memories from his early childhood was living in Big Sky. Here he developed a deep love for the outdoors, which would lead to his College degree in Fish and Wildlife Biology from Montana State University.
He was raised in Colstrip MT. where he developed into a fine and quiet young man. He learned the values of the true meaning of friendship that lasted throughout his life. With great admiration, his friends came through for him and were there for him in the end.
Erik entered the Army National Guard the year after graduating from High School. He was deployed several times to Iraq and Saudi Arabia. During his military service, as Security Patrol, he received the Marksman Badge, Expert Badge with Hand Grenade, Southwest Asia Service medal W/2 Bronze Service Stars, and the Kuwait Liberation medal. He spoke with pride of his unit and the service he was devoted to. It was a very sad day for him when his Unit was disbanded because there is no connection like you have when you are in the military. You become family.
After his Unit disbanded Erik moved to Wilsonville OR to become a long time employee of Rite-Aide. Once again, Erik developed a close relationship with members of his team. As a matter of fact, he and a friend from Rite Aide took a magnificent trip to Japan. It was one of his most memorable moments in life.
Erik we are so glad you came home for this incredible last month. Your bucket list was fulfilled and we are so thankful we got the chance to be a part of it and make it happen for you. We are all amazed at your tenacity to be so strong through it all. Your living in the moment will have a lasting impact on all of us.
Erik is preceded in death by his Mom Nancy Olson and his Sister Lisa Olson.
Erik leaves behind his cherished family: Father Norman Olson, Brother Kirk (Judy) Olson, Sister Kristi (Andrew) Rudolph, Sister Janet (Grant) Wacker, His amazing Nephews Alex Rudolph and Tristan Olson, His strong Nieces Eryn Rudolph, and Briana Rudolph, Uncle Paul Wiedeman , Cousin Rick (Terry) Wiedeman, Cousin Tara (Jeff) Fuller.