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November 16, 1934 - January 14, 2022


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Homer Olsen, Jr.


Homer “Sonny” Olsen, Jr. of San Antonio passed away peacefully on January 14th, 2022, with his family faithfully by his side. The family is thankful for the exceptional care provided by Vitas Healthcare and nurse Margaret. Homer was an extraordinary and brilliant man, and it will be difficult to summarize his life in a few words.

Homer was born in San Antonio on November 16th, 1934, to Homer and Clara Joy Olsen. He graduated from Brackenridge High School where he met the love of his life and future wife, Barbara Jean DeKunder. They were inseparable until her passing in 2016. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary later that year. The family is thankful for the love and good care provided by his wife Gela Olsen during the last few years of his life.

Homer earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas in 1956 and was a proud Longhorn. He went on to work for several large oil and gas companies as a petroleum engineer, but made the gutsy and monumental decision in the early 1970s to become an independent oil and gas producer. This was done with four children in school and close to college age. His deals were successful and Olsen Energy, Inc. was founded in Midland in 1978. He continued to work in the business until his passing and took great pride that the day-to-day operations were run by his son Rusty and son-in-law David. The third generation of the family has recently joined the business. Homer was an extraordinary businessman, with honesty and integrity always being first and foremost. He set a great example for his family.

Homer was a devout Christian man, with Homer and Barbara being faithful members of the First United Methodist Church of Midland and Coker United Methodist Church in San Antonio since 1982. They were beloved members of the Questors Sunday school class. Homer was also a Trustee of the Coker Cemetery Association for many years, and will soon join Barbara in a very special place in Coker Cemetery.

Homer loved to golf (playing 18 holes the week before he passed away), hunt and fish on his ranches, play bridge, and travel. He especially loved family trips to Colorado and Italy. The family had the time of their lives with him for a week in Tuscany as he searched for his favorite dish, spaghetti picante. He loved country music and was a great dancer. He was playful and competitive, and his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren loved it when he attended family events. His family meant everything to him. He gave the best hugs!

Homer was always a frugal, thrifty man despite his business success. (Cars being the only exception.) But he was always very generous with his family and charitable causes. In 2019 he donated a Bloodmobile (named the “Yellow Rose” in memory of Barbara) to the Blood and Tissue Center Foundation that will serve all of South Texas for many years and save many lives. Once again, he has set a high bar and is a great example for all of his family.

Homer is survived by Gela, his wife of almost four years, his four children, Cindy Schneider (David), Rusty Olsen (Sylvia), Cathy Bailey (Dane), and Christy White (Scott). He left behind ten wonderful grandchildren, Diana Rendon (Ray), Kristen Boerger (Jonathan), David R. Schneider (Yvonne), Nicole Trevino (Javier), Chris Olsen, Morgan Bailey (Kris), Laura Chadic (Joe), Delaney McGill (James), Kayla White and Avery White. Five great-grandchildren are also part of his legacy, Ava Rendon, Levi Rendon, Weston Boerger, Emmaline Boerger, Tristan “T.J.” Trevino, and Samuel “Bear” Chadic. In addition, his bereaved family includes all the members of wife Gela’s family.

A service celebrating Homer’s life will be held at Coker United Methodist Church, 231 E. North Loop Road, San Antonio, on Wednesday, January 26th, at 11:00 a.m., with burial to follow in Coker Cemetery. Pallbearers will be David V. Schneider, Dane Bailey, Scott White, David R. Schneider, Chris Olsen, Larry Brister, Jay Rabon and Glen McClaugherty.

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The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Mays Cancer Center and the Blood & Tissue Center Foundation.

Porter Loring Mortuary North
2102 N. Loop 1604 E.
San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 495-8221

Published on the Porter Loring Mortuary website on January 20, 2022.

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