Chad Lenhart Olson, 42, of Judith Gap MT passed away Wednesday morning, September 26th, 2018 of injuries sustained in a four-wheeler accident while taking care of some jail-breaking cows down on the desert. He was born September 11th, 1976 in Lewistown, MT to Kenneth Belt and Virginia (Klein) Olson. He received his education and graduated from Judith Gap School in 1995. He then attended school in Havre. After returning to the family ranch, he ran Swede’s Auto Body from the shop on the ranch for a short time and then worked side by side with his father Kenny whom he dearly loved. In 2002 he met his perfect match Sherri Kolar. They were wed November 22nd, 2003. Their first son Otto was born September 7th, 2009 and their second son Otis September 24th, 2012. He loved the town of Judith Gap. His family is in sorrow for themselves, but also for the people who did not have the opportunity to know him. He could do impersonations, some of which Hollywood should have never been denied. He had a quick wit and perfect timing on his one-liners. He often left at random times with no one knowing where he was headed or what his plans were on the ranch for the day. However, in the absence of his cell phone, which was often left on a pick-up dash or tractor seat, he left a trail of clues that made him easier to locate. An open gate, open pick-up door, a hoodie on a fence post, heavy metal rocking from a feed truck or the shop, muddy boot prints, or a flashing beacon on top of a tractor and if all else failed a call to Judith Gap Oil could usually get you in the right direction. He started every morning with a stop at the station to discuss topics from weather to world domination. He was a fourth-generation rancher who could not wait until his boys were big enough to work beside him as he had worked daily beside his father, who worked beside his father before. Chad had a knack of choosing nicknames for the people and things around him. He would name fields, equipment, chosen cows, pets, family and friends. He had a deep love for music and was quite fluid in his dance moves especially for a “big guy” that grew up on a ranch in small town Montana. His wife always told him he was pretty fly for a white guy. He could rock an air guitar and karaoke mike with the best. Music had to be at an appropriate volume to be fully enjoyed and Thunderstruck was only acceptable at the max. He and his wife enjoyed dressing up on Halloween and that tradition did not stop when the boys were born. Always a family theme that often made the annual Christmas card or family calendar photo. He had a love for Tapatio, Michael Jordan, Ford pickups, New Holland/Case Equipment and Duke University. His love for those things was equally matched by his dislike of certain unnamed basketball players who wanted to “be like Mike”, Dodge pickups, any white vehicle and sheep. His loyalty to the things he loved could have entered him in multi-million-dollar advertising contracts, but he did it for free. He bought a white feed truck that was a good buy, but had a hard time accepting a white vehicle and “the wife” wouldn’t let him take a feed truck into the paint booth so he remedied the problem by putting a Duke Logo on its hood. Chad didn’t operate his ranch in the usual way as most of his neighbors did, which often led to many discussions at coffee and head shakes from passer bys; however, at the end of the season his bales were perfectly round, his calves were always fat and the sun always shone on shipping day. Like his dad before him he was very generous. He was always quick to help a neighbor and always quick to respond as a volunteer fire fighter. His service will be held at his Alma Mater in the Judith Gap School Gymnasium and we are expecting a packed house in “peanut butter stadium” that day. One of our most recent memories of Chad was if you didn’t get what you ordered, it was good, and you ate it anyway. If you had met Chad you would never forget the way he made you feel. He had a true gift of making others laugh or smile in an unforgettable way. His wife and boys loved him so deeply, but the true joy and laughter that he brought to them will never be forgotten.
He is survived by his wife Sherri, sons Otto and Otis all of the Judith Gap; sister Kirsten (James) Kannaley of North Port, Fl, nieces Ivy, Holly and Lily and nephew Ian; sister Keri (Rodney) Noone of Lewistown; mother Virginia Olson of Judith Gap; mother-in-law Glenda Kolar of Lewistown; father-in-law Wade (Hazel) Kolar of Ryegate.
He was preceded in death by father Kenny Olson.
Services for Chad Olson will be Thursday October 4th, at 2:30 p.m. in the Judith Gap School Gymnasium. Cremation has taken place with committal on the Olson Ranch with his father. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Donations can be made to the Judith Gap Volunteer Fire Department, Judith Gap Ambulance, Judith Gap Endowment or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313 Harlowton, MT 59036. Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com