OLENIUS, GREG

Greg Olenius Clarinda, Iowa Oct. 25, 1954-Mar. 30, 2020 Greg Olenius, 65, of Clarinda, Iowa entered into peace Monday, March 30, 2020 at his residence in Clarinda. Private Graveside Services were held. Open Visitation was 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2020 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Inurnment was held at the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be given to Greg Olenius Memorial. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa, where we 'Celebrate Life'. Greg Olenius ("Grandpa GO"), 65, passed from this life into eternal peace on the afternoon of March 30th, 2020 at his home in Clarinda, Iowa after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving wife, four children and step-daughter. Greg Allen Olenius was born October 25th, 1954 in Clarinda, Iowa, the son of Robert Olenius and Barbara Olenius (Williamson). He and his siblings (Vic Olenius, Valerie Bair and Angela Rodgers) were raised outside of Coin, Iowa and attended South Page High School. He would go on to complete his college degree at Northwest Missouri State University where he was a proud member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. Throughout the 1980's Greg was blessed with four children with his former spouse, Peggy Smith of College Springs, Iowa. Greg's early occupations included farming with his father before moving into sales with Financial Products Corporation (FPC). This move took Greg and family to Mendota, IL before eventually relocating for the company to Omaha, NE. In the early 1990's Greg had the opportunity to move back closer to family and later settled in Clarinda, Iowa. He spent many hard working years in insurance and masonry construction before beginning a long-time career with H&H Trailers. Here he developed many lasting relationships with his uplifting and encouraging attitude. Greg united in marriage to Betsy Ann (Horel) Goudie on June 20, 1998 in Clarinda, Iowa. They began a beautiful life from the ground up, starting with the first block he laid for the foundation of their new home and journey together. His hobbies included lifelong support of the ever-weary Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears, never losing his positive outlook on the "next" season. Greg also took great pride in caring for his vehicles and spent countless hours and sweat keeping them in pristine condition. Never knowing a dirty car, Greg would often remind his children upon vehicle purchases, "Black colored cars look nice, but boy are they hard to keep clean". Greg and Betsy spent numerous sunny days cruising the countryside with their longtime friends in the "Vet Club" and countless sunsets were enjoyed from the driveway reminiscing about life, family and friends. Becoming a grandfather was one of his greatest joys in life, holding such pride for all his grandchildren. Ever the optimist, Grandpa GO uplifted such positive spirit and attitude in his kids and grandchildren encouraging them to always believe in themselves and to learn from failure. Preceding Greg in death were his grandparents, Chester and Florence Olenius and Henry and Crystal Williamson; father, Robert Lowell Olenius; his step-son Matthew Dean Goudie; infant grandson, Henry Thomas Parkin. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Betsy Olenius of Clarinda, Iowa; son, Danuel Olenius (Lauren) of Katy, Texas; daughters, Molly Olenius of Independence, Missouri, Kelly Parkin (Tom) of Bennington, Nebraska, Mallory Olenius of Asheville, North Carolina, and Christy Riley (Brian) of New Market, Iowa; grandchildren, Halle Goudie (Max Jobson), Austin Goudie (Cheyenne French), Gianna Rock, Cheyenne Riley, Chase Riley, Sylas Riley, Jackson Olenius, Casen Olenius, Marley Rae Parkin, Andi Lynn Parkin and Joey Maeve Parkin; great granddaughter, Evalynn Jobson; mother, Barbara Olenius of Clarinda, Iowa; brother, Vic Olenius (Aileen) of Victoria, Texas; sisters, Valerie Bair (Randy) of Clarinda, Iowa and Angela Rodgers (Richard) of Katy, Texas; nieces; nephews and a host of friends.

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