In Memory

Lars Olsson

Lars Olsson

Lars Olsson, 65, went to be with The Lord on February 18, 2015. The date of his passing held much significance to Lars and his Family, as it was also February 18 of 2013 when his one true love and Mother of his children, Charlotte Olsson gained her Heavenly wings.

The LORD said to Joshua, "Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9

Lars was a loving Father, Grandfather, Uncle, and Friend. He is survived by his Mother, Vivian Olsson of Harvard, IL; his Sister, Eva Bliss of Harvard, IL; his Son, Jason Olsson and his Wife Chandra of Arlington, VA; two Daughters, Ann Olsson-Craig and her Husband, Bryan Craig of Virginia Beach, VA, and Deby Soberg and her Fianc , Ernie Graves of Norfolk, VA; nine Grandchildren, Cameron and Courtney Soberg, Katelynn Craig, Lindsey Brown, Madison Graves, Xander Olsson, Jason Adam Olsson, Sophie Olsson and Rhyan Craig; a Great-Grandson, Braylon Edwards; two Nieces, Amy Heilman and her Husband, Scott, and Sara Bliss and her Husband, Derek Anderson; and many more loving Family members.

Lars retired from the United States Navy after twenty years of proud and faithful service. His love and success in his Naval career as a "Gunner" propelled him through the Enlisted ranks, Warrant Officer ranks and to the decorated officer rank of Lieutenant. The Navy took him throughout Europe, Central and South America, The Mediterranean and The Middle East. Naples, Italy and Rio de Janeiro being a few lifetime loves. After his retirement from the Navy, he hit the road as a long haul trucker which eventually landed him in Amherst, WI. Lars always had a place in his home and in his heart for his beloved dogs. He was a painter, a carpenter, an avid fan of technology and die hard Green Bay Packers fan.

Our Father, Lars relocated to Alexandria, VA in 2011 to be closer to his Children and Grandchildren. He enjoyed nothing more in his final years than spending time with his Family and friends. Lars so enjoyed sharing blessings, prayers, stories, laughs, and jokes, whether it be in person, over the phone, through email, text or through his extensive Social Media network. Lars met so many wonderful people over the years despite his progressively limited mobility. It has been incredible to witness how many lives he has touched through the outpouring of messages and prayers since his passing. He will be forever missed.

It was Lars' wish to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery, where he will receive Full Military Honors. His Family will handle these future arrangements. In the meantime, we will honor his life as he wished, with love, with celebration, with smiles and toasting him well, with Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" as he most definitely wanted us to.

"If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me? For I must be travelin' on now, There's too many places I got to see... 'Cause I'm as free as a bird now, and this bird you cannot chain..."- Lynyrd Skynyrd

We love you all the time Pops. We love you all the time Grandpa Lars.

Published in the Northwest Herald on Feb. 24, 2015- See more at:

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03/04/15 10:00 PM #1    

Steve Eike

Thank you for posting this. It was good to hear the appreciation or Lars' life.


03/06/15 08:51 PM #2    

Mary Ann Rutherford (Hidding)

Lars lived a very interesting life and will be missed by all those he touched. I cannot think of a better way to be remembered than the thoughts shared by his family.

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