Dr. Charles L. (“Chuck”) Olson, 83, of Salina, died on Thursday (May 19, 2011) surrounded by his family.


Dr. Charles L. (“Chuck”) Olson, 83, of Salina, died on Thursday (May 19, 2011) surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Beverly, four children, 12 grandchildren, and many other loving relatives and friends.
He was born on Dec. 16, 1927, in Newton, the son of Dr. L.C. and Freda Aurell Olson. He grew up in Newton, graduated from Newton High School, attended Bethel College and graduated in 1955 from Kansas State College with the degree of doctor of veterinary medicine.  
He married Beverly Christine Steiner, also of Newton, on Dec. 29, 1951. They moved to Salina in 1955, where he practiced veterinary medicine for more than 35 years.
After establishing his practice, he became active in professional, civic and church organizations. He was a member of the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, an officer for eight years and its president in 1978. In 1979, he was chosen the KVMA Veterinarian of the Year. He also served as a board member on the Kansas Veterinary Medicine Foundation and the Kansas representative to the Morris Animal Foundation.
In Salina, he was a board member or officer of the Saline County Board of Health, Unified School District 305, Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International and Rotary Foundation, YWCA Foundation and Salina Symphony Board. In an active retirement, he continued to serve on the board of directors of First Bank Kansas and Advantage Trust Company.
He invested himself as a Christian witness. At the First United Methodist Church of Salina, he worked through committees, chairmanships and several offices, becoming lay leader and lay member of the Annual Conference. In the Conference, he served on the Council of Finance and Administration and the Conference board of trustees. He also served on the board of trustees of Kansas Wesleyan University, and he was its chairman in 1993 to 1994.
Chuck was an avid elk hunter. For more than 20 years, until his knees failed him, he looked forward to driving the blue Scout on annual fall outings to Crested Butte, Colo., as a member of the Teocolli Mountain Association. His nickname was “Daktari.”
Of most importance to him, however, was his role as husband, father and grandfather. He always made time for family, especially grandchildren, and among their favorite times together were vacations to Colorado and Christmas caroling at the homes of friends. With Chuck and Bev leading, the family contributed to the community in many ways. The Olsons were named Kiwanis Kansas Family of Builders in 1974 and were the Kansas Federation of Music Family of the Year in 1976.
In addition to his wife Beverly, he is survived by his daughter, Nancilee Jones, a teacher in the Salina public schools, her husband, Daniel, and their children, Ashley and Erik Wisner, Bryce and Emily; son, Chuck, a veterinarian in Wichita, his wife, Sarah, and their children, Stephan, Elizabeth and Caroline; daughter, Maribeth Blunt, a professional counselor in Tulsa, Okla., and her children Colin, Abby and Hillary; and son, Evan, an attorney in Houston, Texas, his wife, Susan, and their children, Eliot, Katherine and Grace.
Visitation was Sunday at the Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth St. in Salina. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Salina. The Rev. Troy Bowers will officiate.  
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church to support a memorial fund for student scholarships.
To leave condolences for the family, please visit www.ryanmortuary.com.