Rane K. Olson

December 16, 1949 - December 16, 2016

Rane K. Olson

December 16, 1949 - December 16, 2016


Rane K. Olson passed away at the age of 67, on 12/16/2016, after a brief illness. Rane was born in Bellingham, WA to Sig and Charlotte Olson. Being raised in Ferndale, WA on Legoe Lane, Rane enjoyed playing in the fields, in the barn, and climbing trees with his siblings and neighborhood friends.

Rane was a hardworking man all his life, beginning on the family farm caring for the cows and the fence lines. At the age of 16, he worked frying donuts in the morning at the Ferndale bakery, going to school during the day, and shipping chickens in the evenings all while also raising a family. After graduating from Ferndale High School in 1968, Rane became employed with the City of Ferndale, where he worked for 11 years. In 1980, he began working with the City of Bellingham, retiring in 1999.

After retiring, Rane continued to work for RDub for another 6 years, then occasionally working with the Marietta Water District.
Rane was an icon in the Ferndale Old Settlers’ Parade as the driver of the Olson Clan jalopy. As the finale of the parade many people stayed to watch him pop wheelies in the 1929 Model A, often times taking his time to entertain the crowd with overheating, running out of gas or breaking down in an assortment of other ways. In 1993, Rane and the Olson Clan began participating in the Annual Custer Day parade as well. Rane met his wife, Stephanie, in 1993 and were married on May 28, 1999.

Rane was preceded in death by his parents, Sig and Charlotte Olson and his sister Diane Olson Ryder. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie of 17 years; brothers Greg (Doni) Olson, Jack (Sherry) Olson; sisters Rozanne Olson, Joanne (Dan) Castles; daughters Patty (Mark) Tripp and Heather (Ken) Wiseman; son Roger Olson; step-children Travis (Jamie) Thomas, Tiffany (Justin) McNutt, and Jaime (Jarid) Corbitt; nine grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and step-grandchildren; cousins, nieces, nephews, Stephanie’s brothers and sister-in-law, former brother-in-law Sandy Ryder, lifelong friend Jerry Stoneking, and countless friends.

Rane’s sense of humor, quick wit and smile will be greatly missed not only by his large family but also the Ferndale community.
Celebration of Rane’s life will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 in the Ferndale High School auditorium at 1:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Rescued Hearts Northwest, or a charity of your choice.

Celebration Of Life

  • Date & Time: May 29, 2019 (No Time)
  • Venue: Ferndale High School Auditorium
  • Location: 5830 Golden Eagle Drive Ferndale, WA 98264 - (Get Directions)

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9 responses to Rane K. Olson

  1. Dear brother Rane:
    Our favorite family poem.

    The Broken Chain

    We little knew that day that
    God was going to call your name.
    In life we loved you dearly
    In death we do the same.
    It broke our hearts to lose you,
    you did to go alone;
    for part of us went with you,
    the day God called you home.
    You left us peaceful memories,
    your love is still our guide,
    and though we cannot see you,
    you are always at our side.
    Our family chain is broken,
    and nothing seems the same,
    but as God calls us one by one,
    the chain will link again.

  2. Jerod Lira says:

    I miss you much already Rane. Thanks for the great times and banter back and forth we always enjoyed. You were a good friend and thoroughly enjoyed the many good times we had over the many years I knew you. Steph I love you guys and hope the best for you, and I am so sorry. Last year was the first year Rane finally let me ride the float and I was honored, privileged, and thankful so much to you, (even though I had to run and get gas for the tractor mid-parade). Thanks again you old codger, I love ya and dammit I sure do miss ya!!! RIP my good friend!

  3. Karl Bocek says:

    Sorry to hear about Rane, just want you to know we are thinking about you and the Olson family. So many memories of riding in the Parade every year. Everyone would wait, even when we were late, to see the Olson float. Everyone in town knew who he was. We will miss him.

  4. I am so sorry for the loss of Rane in your life. He was a good man and so fun to see in all the Ferndale events. Please know, Stephanie, that my prayers are with you. Karen

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