Jack N. Olson, 75, lifelong Cherokee resident, passed away Tuesday evening, July 20, 2010 at his home, surrounded by his family, following a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 24, at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee.Pastor Larry Lemke will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the Church on Saturday. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. On line condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com
. Jack was born May 20, 1935 in Cherokee, to Leonard and Emily (Phipps) Olson. He was raised and lived his entire life in Cherokee. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1953.He went to work for the Iowa Department of Transportation on June 1, 1953 as a diesel mechanic. He served in the U.S. Army from Feb. 14, 1955 until February of 1957 following the Korean War. He was married to Dorothy Werner on Dec. 1, 1962 at Sioux City. He was a volunteer fireman for the Cherokee Fire Department for 39 years and served as Fire Chief from Jan. 1, 1990 until Dec. 31, 2007.He was a part time EMT and Paramedic for Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital (Cherokee Regional Medical Center) for 29 years. He retired from the Iowa Dept. of Transportation in July of 1995.He was on the original "911" Board and the EMS Board. Jack was baptized, confirmed and a lifelong member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, firefighting, taxidermy, radio controlled model airplanes and was interested in history. He was preceded in death by his father and a son-in-law Jeff Zarr, mother-in-law and father-in-law Esther and Arnold Werner. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and three daughters; Keisha Todd and her husband Rick of Holstein; Keila Glienke and her husband Mark of Alta; Kerisa Pingel and her husband Wayne of Cherokee; his mother Emily Olson of Cherokee; seven grandchildren: Steven and Andrew Zarr; Chayce and Jack Glienke; Cale, Wyatt and Levi Pingel; a sister Janne Johnson and her husband Ron of Cherokee.