William “Bill” Yniestra Olson • September 30, 2021
William “Bill” Yniestra Olson, Jr. was born on Sunday, January 11, 1948. He went to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 30, 2021. He passed at the age of seventy-three years old.
Bill was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend. His life was fulfilled as a successful business owner of “Bill’s Heavy Duty Towing” for thirty-four years, a softball coach, league bowler and Mini-Stock race car driver. His passions, after retirement in 2010, were traveling in the RV with his wife, boating, camping, love of the beach, spending time with his friends, family, and playing with his beloved grandchildren.
He was married May 9, 1969 and shared his life with his soul mate, Linda Ann Shephard-Olson, for fifty-two happy and fulfilling years.
At Pensacola Junior College, he chased her around the Coke machines trying to capture her heart. He was in Mechanic’s school and Linda was in Cosmetology school. He finally won her heart and they were married in 1969. He and Linda were blessed with two wonderful daughters in 1970 and 1974. In 1976 they began operating their heavy duty towing and recovery business as a team. Bill always left a charismatic impression on everyone he met. Some called him “the salt of the Earth” and others knew him as honest, loving, smart, and always willing to help. He was a good man and loved by all. He was well respected by his peers. His daughters say his unique sarcasm and pregnant pauses kept you guessing as he pondered on his reply, which usually was, “Hmmm” or “I don’t know”. He left a legacy of love, caring, integrity, and sincerity. He will be missed by all but never forgotten. His spirit lives through all those who knew him.
Bill is mourned by his wife, Linda, two daughters, Dodie Olson Ryan and Jeanie Olson Hernandez, seven grandchildren Darian, Ashley, Caiden, Corbin, Steven, Ann Marie, and Hayley, eight great-grandchildren, Nevaeh, Cassidy Ann, Levi, Brody, Keizer, Ryan, Natalia, Camillia, four siblings, Dianne Francis, Priscilla Stemen, Judith Koontz, and Ronald Olson, five nieces and nephews Charles, Jason, Ronnie, Rachel, and Daniel. He is preceded in death by his parents, William Y. Olson and Betty Maxine Brown, a nephew, James Francis, and his precious granddaughter, Caressa “Smiley Face” Spitzer-Ryan.
Bill passed surrounded by his loving family and friends after his fight with a respiratory illness.
A graveside service will be held October 8, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Pensacola Memorial Gardens located at 7433 Pine Forest Road, Pensacola, FL, 32526. Phone number (850) 944-0355. He will be dearly missed by all family and friends who were a very special part of his life. Pallbearers will be Craig Shephard, Charles Francis, Eugene Francis, Eddie Hernandez, Eric Walters, and Tony Ryan.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to Alzheimers Family Services, Ronald McDonald House, or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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