Gerald ‘Jerry’ Oleson

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date for 77-year old Gerald “Jerry” Oleson of Crawford, NE.

Cremation has taken place.

Memorial contributions may be made to Veteran’s Memorial Flight, Inc. of Chadron or the Crawford Volunteer Fire Department Donations can be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

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Gerald “Jerry” Eugene Oleson was born on April 6th, 1943, to Louis Guy Oleson and Erma Lee Oleson in Culbertson, NE, and crossed to his heavenly home on July 28th, 2020, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, NE.

Jerry spent his younger years attending school in Trenton, NE before moving to Englewood, Colo. Jerry joined the Army in April of 1961 and was proud to serve his county. In December of 1970. he entered into marriage to Glee Ann Rising and to this union came Vince and Valarie Vieyra, whom he considered his own. On August 14th, 1972, his son Nathan Oleson was born.

Jerry would make Crawford his home and spent 28 years working for the BNSF railroad, where he gained many friends. Jerry never met a stranger and was an avid Denver Bronco and Nebraska Cornhusker fan. He could always be found at the Legend Buttes golf course in Crawford.

Jerry’s greatest joy was being surrounded by his grandchildren. Last year in 2019. Jerry was privileged to take a trip to Washington DC on the honor flight with is son Nathan. This was something he cherished.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and his 4 siblings. Jerry is survived by his sons Vince Vieyra of Hot Springs, SD, Nathan Oleson of Crawford, NE and daughter Valarie Vieyra of Torrington, Wyoming, 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and many family and friends.

Chamberlain Chapel is in charge of arrangements.