Visitation will be 3-6 p.m. Thursday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln,
followed by his funeral at 6 p.m. The Rev. Tony Shuff will conduct
There will be
a private graveside service at a later date.
Mr. Olden worked for the Illinois Central
Railroad for 41 years, ending his career as a signal
Garry was born on July 21, 1941, in Kinmundy to Cliff and Nora Brasel
Olden. He married Margaret R. Bouseman on June
9, 1957, in Kinmundy.
He is survived by his wife, of Lincoln; and five
(and Daniel) Wolfe, Sherri (and Victor) Clark, Charles
(and Debbie) Olden, Scott (and Holly) Olden and Cristine
He was preceded in death by his parents
and his brother, Mike Olden.
Garry loved sports. He was an avid Green Bay Packer
fan as well as a die-hard St. Louis Cardinal fan,
having tried out for the team in the 1950s. He
was very involved with his children's and
grandchildren's many sports activities, from keeping
score at Hilltopper basketball games, umpiring and
refereeing games to maintaining the ball diamonds at
Topper field, WLB and others, but most importantly
he was a fan. He played men's slow-pitch softball
for many years with teams from Decatur and Mount
Pulaski; Chrysler, Bonds, George's IGA, Bo-Jac and
Decatur Oxygen, which won the national tournament in
the early 1970s.
He was also very active in his
church and was an example of Christ to many.
He was the
best husband, father, grandfather, uncle and
friend. He will be missed terribly, but his memory
lives on in each of us.
Out of respect for Garry, the
family has chosen to have a closed-casket service,
so he can be remembered as he was.
of flowers, memorials may be made to the Olden
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