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Conrad Merle Olsson 1934 - 2021
Conrad Merle Olsson

LAWRENCE — Conrad Merle Olsson, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, passed away on Friday, Oct. 1st at LMH Health in Lawrence, Kan. He was born in Omaha, Neb. on June 25, 1934, son of Helge and Nettie (Eggers) Olsson.  

Connie, as he was often called, attended Omaha North High School, and graduated from the University of Omaha. He was employed by Northern Natural Gas Company for 36 years in the Engineering/Construction Division in Omaha, Neb., and Morris, Ill. and later in the Operations Division, in Great Bend and Bushton, Kan., retiring in 1993.  

He participated in various community programs, including United Way, RSVP, and Meals on Wheels. He was active on a number of church councils, boards and committees in Omaha, Great Bend, and Salina.

He was preceded in death by his wife Norma Jean; his parents; and stepparents, Harvey Turnby and Louise Olsson; brother Edward Olsson; sisters Luella Thomas, Virginia Wieland and Mary Jean Cammarata; grandson, Zachary Phillips; nephew Dennis Thomas and nieces Lisa Thomas and Mickey Wieland. He is survived by sons, David and wife Ina of Centennial, Colo., Alan Hartle and wife Valerie of Bushnell, Fla., Erik and wife Ellen of Winfield, Kan.; daughters Susan Brown and husband Kent of Winchester, Tenn., Cyndi Phillips and husband Joel of Baldwin City, Kan.; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren; also, brother, Kenneth Olsson and wife Mary Ellen of Pender, Neb.; sister-in-law Lynne Olsson of Omaha; and many nephews and nieces.      

A Memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at First Covenant Church, 2625 E Magnolia Road, Salina, KS 67401 with a private family only inurnment. For more information or to post a condolence go to

Funeral arrangements provided by

Warren-McElwain Mortuary

120 W 13th St

Lawrence, KS 66044

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Oct. 6, 2021