William John “Bill” Oleson passed away on October 10, 2009 after a lengthy illness. He was 80 years old. Bill was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa on January 7, 1929 to Vera Field Oleson and Irving John Oleson. Bill attended high school in Fort Dodge until 1945 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army at the end of WWII. He served his country in Germany and was honorably discharged in August of 1948. Bill returned to Fort Dodge but soon became restless and moved to Amarillo, Texas in 1949. It was there that he met and married Shirley Helton Oleson, his wife of 46 years. Bill worked at Amarillo Air Force Base until it closed in 1968. When the base closed, Bill and Shirley moved to Corpus Christi, Texas. In Corpus Christi Bill was employed by Caldwell Farm Equipment until the company sold. He was then employed by Keystone Valve Company until 1982 when Keystone moved to Houston, Texas. Bill then went to work for Coronado Transmission Company and worked in the oil field until he retired in 1988 to work on his ranch out of Kenedy, Texas. Bill, at various times in his lifetime, belonged to the Cattleman’s Association, the National Rifle Association and the American Legion Association. Bill is survived by his wife Shirley Oleson of Kenedy, Texas, his sister Norma Ostrander of Turner, Oregon, his sister Shirley Boyle of Burbank, California and numerous nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his sister Donna Rae Boyle. Viewing will be held Tuesday, October 13, 2009 from 5pm to 7pm at Eckols Funeral Home in Kenedy, Texas. Services will held at Eckols Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 10am. Burial will be in Fort Dodge, Iowa on Friday, October 17, 2009 at 2pm at the Corpus Christi Cemetery with Military Graveside Services. In Lieu of flowers memorial may be sent to the St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital or the American Lung Association.