Steven E. “Panama” Olson, 67,
of Maquon died Friday, August 16, 2019 in his home.
He was born June 17, 1952 in
Peoria, the son of Jim and Barbara (Hubbur) Davis. Steve married Laura (Appel)
Morris in June 2005 at their home and she survives.
Steve is also survived by his
son Justin (Ebonee Dickerson) Morris of Galesburg, cousins Patty (Randy) Gleich
of Colorado, Kathy (Mike) DeTrempe of Peoria and Wendy Peazy of Peoria, and his
father-in-law Ed Appel of North Henderson. Also surviving is his beloved granddaughter,
Nataley Morris and many dear friends made over the years.
He is preceded in death by
his mother, stepfather, and one son Michael “Mic” Olson.
Steve was raised and educated
in Peoria. After school, he began apprenticing as a painter in California and
Texas before moving back to Illinois. Steve was a bartender for 20 years at
Soangetaha Country Club before owning and operating Steve Olson Painting in
1993. After 18 years of owning “The Elite Painting Company in Town”, Steve
retired in 2014. Steve had an interest in C.B. Radio from a very young age. He
was known worldwide from his handle “Panama Red”. Steve loved his family and
especially loved being a grandfather to Nataley.
Cremation rites will be
accorded. No services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to The Steve Olson Memorial Fund, which may be given at any F&M
Bank location. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services
Galesburg Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences
may be made at www.h-p-w.com.