Billy Jo “Ole” Olson, age 66 of Marengo, died Friday, July 17, 2015, at the Marengo Memorial Hospital. Visitation: 4 to 8 P.M., Friday, July 24, 2015, at the Marengo American Legion Hall. Inurnment will be at the Marengo Cemetery at a later date.
Billy Jo is survived by a son Clint of Marengo; a daughter, Jamie Hawker of Ladora; and a brother Randy Olson of Marengo. He is preceded in death by his longtime companion, Julie, and his parents.
Billy Jo was born September 22, 1948, in Marengo, Iowa, the son of Bill Olson and Harlene Patterson Olson. He graduated from the Iowa Valley School District. He worked as an end loader operator at Manatt’s in Grinnell. Previously, he worked at Marengo Ready Mix and L& J Fabrication for 10 years. Billy Jo enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing poker and video games. He liked to restore old classic cars, work in his vegetable and flower gardens and being with his friends and family.