Obituary: Milton ‘Bud’ Olson, Jr., 83, of Mears

December 12, 2023

Bud Olson

Obituary: Milton ‘Bud’ Olson, Jr., 83, of Mears

Milton “Bud” Carl Olson Jr., 83, of Mears, passed away at home Friday, December 8, 2023.  He was born June 18, 1940, to Milton C. Olson Sr. and Nora Ann Calcutt, in Bay City, Michigan.

A gifted musician with a natural ear, he lived a life full of music and loved to share his musical gift with those around him. Whether that was playing for and with family, friends, or the wider community; he never missed an opportunity for a jam session or a private concert. He could often be found playing his accordion for hours in the evening, running through the enormous list of songs he knew from memory and his days playing in his own band.

He also loved working on all types of engines. Starting from owning his own gas station, then driving military vehicles in the Army, through his long work history at Sealed Power and later Engine Power Components, and continuing with working on his pet project of an MG Midget rebuild; he had an affinity for building and tinkering and always had a project on the go.

He was quick to laugh and share a joke but was also a quiet man that didn’t require the spotlight. Always there to support his four children and extended family when called. He regularly made up silly names for everyday items and loved to share old sayings that were not always entirely appropriate but will be used by his family forevermore.

He was a devoted husband to his wife, Louise, for 57 years. Together they traveled all over the country. Her taking photos of breathtaking landscapes and him carrying camera gear, enjoying her company, and just trying to finally see a real life moose.

He will be missed more than words here can express by the many family and friends that loved him.

He is survived by: his wife, Mercile Louise Olson; his children, Christopher and Shelby (Wood) Olson, Tim and Keli (Engel) Olson, Barbara and Luke Albright, and Kathy and Scott Nason; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his sister, Patricia Olson-Smits; and brother, James Olson.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, December 16, 2023, at Beacon Cremation & Funeral Service, King-Hart Chapel, 2370 North 72nd Avenue, Hart.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Ladder Community Center, 67 North State Street, Shelby, MI 49455,

Beacon Cremation & Funeral Service, King-Hart Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.