August 27, 1969 - July 21, 2023
Patrick Richard Olson
Age 53, passed away in the evening on Friday, July 21 from an unexpected heart attack while playing hockey at the Richfield Ice Arena.
Pat was born in St. Cloud on August 27, 1969, to his birth mother Lucille Haslego, and grew up in Willmar, MN with his mother, Carole and brother, Mike. Growing up he played football, baseball and hockey. Hockey was his main sport, he played on the varsity team for Willmar Senior High School starting his sophomore year and the US Select Elite team. After graduating in 1988, he enlisted in the US Army and served in the 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles) and the Gulf War. He served as a Private First Class and was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal.
He attended classes at Normandale Community College where he met his wife of nearly 29 years, Bridget. Together they had two kids: Hannah and Bailey whom they raised in Richfield, MN. He also had a son-in-law, Drew, and grandson Phillip. Pat was a fun-loving, goofy, and dedicated father who enjoyed cooking, barbequing, and baking for his family.
He worked many jobs over the years, including Video Update (due to his love of movies), Best Buy Corporate, Sunburst Chemicals, and most recently as a Truck Driver for Transport America after getting his commercial driver’s license in 2020. The work he was most passionate about was his time spent as a DJ, first for Sounds Great Music then his own business P.R.O. Music DJ. He enjoyed sharing his love for music with others by working weddings, and volunteering at school dances, Richfield hockey and baseball games and the Urban Wildland Half Marathon in Richfield. He received the Richfield Citizen of the Year Award in 2012 for his services to the community.
Throughout his life he was most proud of his work as a coach for his children and nephews youth sports teams. For a collective of 20 plus years he coached for Richfield Slow-pitch Softball Association, Richfield Youth Hockey, Baseball, and Football Associations, and Apple Valley Youth Hockey Association. He is remembered as a coach who cared for and encouraged each player as if they were his own kid.
Patrick is survived by his wife, Bridget (née, Ramm) Olson; children, Hannah (Drew) Johnson and Bailey Olson; grandson, Phillip Johnson; brother, Mikal Olson; nieces and nephews, Landon and Lindsey Leet, and Marshall, Ben and Eliana Link; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Colleen and Ken Pilcher; birth mother, Lucille Haslego; and many other friends, family and loyal pets.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Carole Olson; grandfather, Lester Johnson; and father-in-law, Loren Ramm.
“For Whom The Bell Tolls/ Time Marches On” - Metallica
Thursday, July 27, 2023
4:00PM - 7:00PM
Memory Sharing at 6:00PM
Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel
6527 Portland Ave. S.
Richfield, MN 55423
We ask that you wear your favorite sports jersey, or graphic t-shirt inspired by a movie or musical artist who brought you joy.
Afterwards, there will be a final toast to his life in the Richfield Ice Arena parking lot - BYOB.
Friday, August 25, 2023
Fort Snelling National Cemetery
7601 34th Avenue
Meet at 10:45AM in Lane 6