Ray Oleson, 69, of Hilton Head, died from sudden causes on his favorite golf course on Monday, March 3, 2014.
He was born to the late Ray and Evah Oleson, June 20, 1944, in Windom, Minnesota. Ray graduated from High School in Tyler Minnesota in 1962, attended Gustavus Adolphus College 1962-64 and graduated from Mankato State University in 1966. He received a Masters in Applied Statistics from Villanova in 1970. He married Kathleen R. Johnson in 1966. They lived in Warminster, PA, Lexington Park, MD, Tantallan, MD, Apple Valley, MN, Cherry Hill, NJ and Vienna, VA before relocating to Hilton Head, SC in 2004.
Ray was currently serving as Chairman of the Board as a co-founder of Salient Federal. Prior, he was CEO and Executive Chairman of SI International. He had a distinctive career in government IT services, having served in senior positions with CACI, SASC, CSC and Sperry-Univac. He served on many related Boards and Associations in the Washington DC area. He always said, "I will quit working when it is no longer fun." It is no surprise that he died before he retired! He loved his career.
He was passionate about making a difference in the lives of his family, friends and communities. Most recently, Ray served on the Board of Directors for Hospice of the Low Country. He was an active supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head and proud to have been a past Grand Marshall of the annual bike rally. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, a board member with Sea Pines Country Club and past president of Baynard Park Homeowners Association. He loved fishing, golfing, traveling with friends and frequent visits to Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Ray is survived by his wife, Kathy Oleson, sister, Nancy Goldsmith of Hastings MN, brother, Sam Oleson of Fredericksburg VA, two children who were the pride of his life: Michelle (Chris) Wycoff of Hilton Head, SC and Carrie (Ryan) Jacobson of Greenbrook, NJ. Ray's three grandchildren were his joy: Dylan Jacobson, Haakon Wycoff, and Michaela Wycoff. Ray was very close to his nieces and nephews: Danielle, Josh, Jennifer, Andrea, and J.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to his favorite local charities: Hospice of the Low Country or Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hilton Head. Burial will be held following the service at Six Oaks Cemetery.
The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. www.theislandfuneralhome.com.