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Noel G. Olin

Noel G. Olin, 70, of St. Paul, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, at the Howard County Community Hospital in St. Paul. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in St. Paul. The Rev. Joel Rathbun will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Arnold Cemetery in Arnold. There will be no visitation. Mr. Olin chose to have his body cremated. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Olin was born on June 29, 1939, at North Platte, the son of Arden and Louise (Edwards) Olin. He is survived by his wife, Brenda J. Olin of St. Paul. He is also survived by two nephews, Brian and Ivey Olin of Kearney and Tim and Christy Olin of West Point; one niece, Christy and Dave Hoist of Huntington Beach, CA; four sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jackie and Maurice Scott of Boise, ID, Frances and Marion Scott of Arnold, Geraldine and Clark Sauer of Gladstone, MO, and Rickie and Steve McKnight of Albuquerque, NM; as well as many other nieces and nephews. As a young boy Noel moved with his family to Grand Island where he attended Grand Island Public Schools. In 1953, he moved to Arnold, where he graduated from Arnold High School in 1957. During these younger years he played saxophone in a dance band that played in small towns throughout Central Nebraska. He then attended Kearney State College, where he received his bachelor’s degree in English in 1961. He was united in marriage to Brenda J. Geiser on June 3, 1961, at the United Methodist Church in Arnold. The couple first lived in Wauneta where he taught and coached at Wauneta High School. In 1963, they moved to St. Paul, where he was an English Teacher at St. Paul High School for 37 years, retiring in 2000. He had also served as the High School Principal for several years in the late 1960’s. For many years he coached boy’s basketball and track, as well as, the golf team. For many summers he also coached American Legion Baseball teams. He was a longtime member of the Nebraska State Education Association and a former member of the Elks in Grand Island. In 1973, the couple moved north of St. Paul along the North Loup River. It was there that he enjoyed riding his airboat on the river, as well as, hunting and fishing of all types. Noel was also a longtime member of the St. Paul Country Club, where he enjoyed countless hours of golfing with his friends and was fortunate enough to have several hole-in-ones. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother and sister-in-law, Harlan and Marian Olin. Memorials are suggested to the family to establish a Noel G. Olin Scholarship at St. Paul High School.


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Larry & Venetta (Porter) Hickenbottom Sep 11 2009 12:00 AM

I never had Mr. Olin as a teacher, he was Principal at SPHS when I was there in the late 60's and early 70's. He was and is one of my all-time favorite people! He treated us with respect, compassion and kindness. The world has lost a wonderful advocate for kids. My thoughts are with his family.

Peggy Quinn Sep 11 2009 12:00 AM

Brenda, I would like to extent my deepest sympathy to you. Noel and I had a lot of great times at golf meets and on the golf course at St. Paul. He will be missed by many. You are in our prayers. Chuck Wellensiek Retired Centura golf coach

Chuck Wellensiek Sep 10 2009 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy. Mr. Olin was a wonderful teacher. He had great expectations of all of his students. He encouraged you to think and look beyond the words you read but into their deeper meaning. Thank you for being an exceptional teacher and a good friend to my parents. Cheri

Cheri Lee Sep 8 2009 12:00 AM

Our prayers are with you and your family. Pat Powell SPHS Class of 1984

Pat Powell Sep 8 2009 12:00 AM

Brenda, Thoughts and prayers to you on the passing of Noel Dave

dave rosenquist Sep 8 2009 12:00 AM

I want to share the important role that Mr. Olin played in my life with his family and friends. After attending my 25 year class reunion this summer,I have been remembering my years at St. Paul High School and thinking about how my life was affected by those experiences. Mr. Olin inspired me to become an English teacher. He taught me a lot about reading, writing, and myself in Composition and Senior English. He challenged all students to think and to excel. We read difficult material that pushed our abilities, and we discussed and debated a wide variety of issues that came from the books we read. Mr. Olin stimulated the conversation and pushed us to question the literature, ourselves, and each other. I remember expressing my interest in teaching to Mr. Olin and relating the fear that I would be bored teaching the same thing every year. He smiled and said that the students made classes different every year. He was never bored because the students made it interesting. Those words stayed with me as I struggled to find a major and career. After I began teaching high school senior English in Columbus, I did write to Mr. Olin to let him know how much he inspired and encouraged me to pursue teaching and the study of English. He was a great teacher who helped shape my life. I now teach college writing and literature, and I still give him credit for shaping the person I have become.

Kathy Gawrych Ewers Sep 8 2009 12:00 AM

brenda sorry i cant be there friday you are in my thougts and prayers i thought the world of coach i know the guys will miss him

chuck oakeson Sep 8 2009 12:00 AM

Brenda, Just wanted to send my deepest sympathy to you. I always could count on Mr. Olin to have a smile and a positive word to say whenever he met me in the halls of SPHS.

Mindy (McCann) Saalfeld Sep 8 2009 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jennifer Brown (Olin) Sep 8 2009 12:00 AM