Cris Eric Olson

November 24, 1961 - March 27, 2024


Obituary For Cris Eric Olson

Cris Eric Olson, cherished husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, passed away on March 27, 2024, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, WI. Heaven has embraced him.

Born on November 24, 1961, in Manitowoc, WI, to Del and Grace (Bausch) Olson. Cris is survived by his wife, Pam (Otto) Olson; sons Cameron (Tyler Hahn) and Casey, all residing in the Madison area; three sisters, Judy Alexander (Michael) of Holiday, FL, Kathy Fischer (Al) of Naperville, IL, and Karen Olson (Marilyn Gruenberg) of New Glarus, WI; brother-in-law Randy Otto; three nieces, Carrie (Larry), Ashley Kib (David), and Lauren (Luis); along with several cousins and friends, all whom he treasured.

After graduating from Lincoln High School in 1980, he pursued further education at Lakeshore Technical College, earning an associate degree in business in 1982. Continuing his academic journey, Cris obtained a bachelor's degree in 1990 from Lakeland University in Sheboygan, WI.

Throughout his career, Cris dedicated himself to various educational institutions, including the Manitowoc Public Schools, Madison College, and, most recently, MTILP (Mobility, Training & Independent Living Program), where he passionately coached workers with disabilities.

Cris was an avid sports fan who deeply loved the Packers, Brewers, Bucks, and Wisconsin Badgers. He loved Lake Michigan, especially Manitowoc, where he lived most of his life. Cris found joy in reading, especially about history. He also enjoyed cool classic cars, cooking, and making pickles following his dad’s recipe. His compassion extended to animals through his volunteer work with Lakeshore Humane Society in Manitowoc, where he fostered and walked dogs, eventually adopting his beloved dog Evelyn through their fostering program.

Known for his kind-hearted nature, Cris possessed a remarkable gift for helping others. He was a handyman who was always willing and ready to help anyone in need. His smile and hugs were his trademark, and his laugh could light up a room. A gentle and loving soul, he left a lasting impact wherever he went.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2024, at Christ Lutheran Church, 220 South Main St, DeForest, WI. The Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by the service at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations in memory of Cris be made to his current employer, MTILP (Mobility, Training & Independent Living Program), a non-profit at 2502 Whalen Ln, Madison, WI 53713, or to Lakeshore Humane Society at 1551 North 8th St, Manitowoc, WI 54220.

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

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6 Apr


09:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Christ Lutheran Church of DeForest 220 South Main Street DeForest, WI 53532 Get Directions »
6 Apr

Memorial Service

11:00 AM

Christ Lutheran Church of DeForest 220 South Main Street DeForest, WI 53532 Get Directions »
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  • April 05, 2024

    Cris shared a kind smile and was a good friend to all. When I was new to Manitowoc, Cris and Pam were unbelievably kind to me. Only God can grant the comfort and peace to those who realize his loss. My sympathy to Pam, Casey, and Cameron.

  • April 04, 2024

    So sorry to see of Cris' passing.Pam and family you are in our Prayers. Chris and Mark Ravis

  • April 03, 2024

    I have Cris and Pam to thank for all of my memories of the Packers at Lambeau Field. The times we shared before, during and after the games will forever remain in my heart. Cris was more than the proverbial "Great Guy" he was quintessential "Great Guy" and I will miss him. Thank you for the good times my friend and rest in peace. God's Blessing on Pam and the rest of your family. Joe Amorese

  • April 02, 2024

    My deepest sympathy Pam to you and your family 🙏🏻 So very sorry to hear of Chris's passing 😢

  • April 01, 2024

    Pam - So sorry to hear about Chris. Prayers for you, the boys, and your entire family! -Scott Hungerford

  • April 01, 2024

    Cris is a fantastic person with a big heart. He greeted everyone with a big smile and always was so kind. He will be greatly missed and condolences to his family and loved ones.

  • April 01, 2024

    Pam and family - sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Cris was a special person always smiling, engaged and really cared about his family and friends and will be missed. Brad Jergenson

  • April 01, 2024

    Pam, boys and family, I am saddened to hear of Cris' passing. You are all being held close to my heart in this most difficult time. Sending hugs and prayers. Toni Pierce

  • April 01, 2024

    I am so sorry to hear of Cris passing. Praying that you and your family find the strength to get through this. Love and hugs, Gina Adamavich🙏❤️

  • March 31, 2024

    I think often of the times we had while we were all at LTC. I also remember spending time with Chris's Dad and learning about the subs and WWII. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

  • March 31, 2024

    I am so sorry to hear of Chris' passing. I'm praying for you all.


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