Scott Alan Olsen, 58, of Muscatine, IA, passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at Premiere Estates of Muscatine after a long battle with cancer. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. –7:00 p.m. at the Snyder and Hollenbaugh Funeral and Cremation Services of Muscatine. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 29, 2022, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery. Following the cemetery’s committal services, food and fellowship will be held at the Muscatine American Legion. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established at the funeral home in Scott’s name. Sympathy notes may be left for the family at www.sandhfuneralservice.com.
On November 10, 1964, his parents, Harold Jerry Olsen and Betty Lois Garlock-Olsen were blessed with a second son, Scott Alan Olsen in Davenport, Ia. He became a little brother to Harold Steven Olsen.
Scott grew up in Blue Grass, IA attending grade school and riding his minibike all over town. His mom later moved him and his brother to Muscatine, IA. Growing up at the car lot, he gained his extensive knowledge of engine repairs and even built a lifted truck. Scott has many lifelong friends from junior high FFA through High School and beyond. He will be missed by many.
After High School Graduation, Scott and some buddies moved to Texas and worked in the construction field gaining the skills that would benefit him later when he started his own construction company in Muscatine. Upon returning to Muscatine, he began working for Hoffman Silo. He traveled all around the United States and even constructed a smokestack in Key West, FL. Drives around town and vacations often involved a detour or two to show the girls what he had built.
Scott married Judi Hidlebaugh, and later divorced. During that time, he was blessed with three daughters; Stephanie Dietrich (Nick), and five years later along came Maddison Olsen. Last but not least, Amy Olsen was born. To say he was proud of his daughters is an understatement.
Scott was often quoted as saying “girls can do anything that boys can do” and boy did they ever. From working with power tools, and remodeling houses, to riding on 4-wheelers, there was nothing they couldn’t do. Scott would often provide some “constructive criticism” to anyone not properly using power tools by saying that his daughters could do it better. As the girls grew, he would teach them to drive a stick shift and eventually his beloved Jeep. We were all shocked when he let Maddison drive the jeep through the mud bog, saying “he builds it and she drives it”.
In February 2017 his granddaughter Kinley (Maddison Olsen) was born, and from that day on she had him wrapped around her little finger. He loved being out fished by Kinley, riding in the side-by-side on the ranch, and eating fresh veggies straight from the garden. He even planted a special garden just for her.
For the past ten years, Scott spent his time with Heidi Harrison by his side. Together they built a life of faith, farm, and friends. He could often be seen tending to his chores and the multitude of animals on the ranch. From Agnus the wandering cow to Festus his Corgi sidekick, he found great joy on the ranch. He took pride in assuring Heidi was properly equipped for all her horse adventures. Often washing the truck and trailer and packing a healthy lunch to ensure that everyone had everything they needed for the day. Scott loved to try new recipes and was quite the cook. Whenever he had a new recipe, he would always recruit taste testers. From jerky to smoked meat to literally anything canned.
Scott will be remembered for his many hobbies. He enjoyed hunting with a great group of people and was proud to be with Maddison when she got her prized buck. He enjoyed working with his hands and often considered himself a jack of all trades. He loved anything with a motor, the Ranch, the girls, and his beloved jeep.
His strong faith gave him the strength to fight and peace of mind knowing God will provide comfort for his friends and family.
He will be dearly missed by his significant other, Heidi Harrison, his mother, Betty Olsen, his brother, Harold Stephen Olsen, his girls, Stephanie Dietrich (Nick), Maddison Olsen, and Amy Olsen, and his granddaughter, Kinley Standard. He was predeceased by his dad, Harold Jerry Olsen, and his grandparents.