Ronald W. Olnhausen, M.D.

Ronald W. Olnhausen, M.D.

April 16, 1932 – March 3, 2022

 Ronald W. Olnhausen, age 89 of Omaha, formerly of Cozad, NE, entered into rest on March 3, 2022. Survived by wife Vicki; children: Mary K Rhone (Kim), Debbie Hein (Gary), Laurie Baker (Mike), Chris Olnhausen (Tracy), David Shafer (Lisa), and Tiffany Hodge (Troy); grandchildren: Jasa Rhone (Katie), Mikayla Rhone, Adam Hein, Alec Hein, Carly Olnhausen, Mason Shafer, Cory Olnhausen, Sophia Shafer, Zach Hodge, and Hayden Hodge; great-grandchildren, Adrian Rhone and Juliette Rhone; brother-in-law, Del Hoffer; sisters-in-law, Bev Lemmers and Gloria Olnhausen; and first wife, Barbara Olnhausen.

Gathering of Family and Friends will be Saturday, March 12th. For further information, contact Tiffany Hodge at 402-980-3284.


Ron was born on April 16, 1932 to Louis and Lena (Larsen) Olnhausen. After Ron graduated from Cozad High in 1949, he pursued the field of medicine at Creighton University, specializing in internal medicine.  During his time with Methodist Hospital, he served as a member of the Department of Medicine, Medical Administration Committee, Quality Assurance Committee, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors.


Ron’s involvement with the Omaha Physicians’ Clinic lead to further opportunities as he served on the Board of Directors from 1973-1990, with other titles held including Occupational Health Director, Medical Director, Medical Review Officer, Associate Director of Methodist Business Health, and Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine.


He kept in touch with his love of flying by maintaining an active pilots license and serving as an Aviation Medical Examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration. He kept active as an avid fly fisher, golfer at the Shadow Ridge club for 24 years, and was a dedicated exerciser at the JCC for 50 years.


He kept sharp with his crossword puzzles on his clipboard, any one of the three books he was reading at the time, and crafting 1/5th scale radio-controlled planes in his basement workshop.


He paid it forward as a member of the Rotary Club of Montego Bay, where he spent time volunteering care for patients in Jamaica. While back in Omaha, he mentored residents of Boy’s Town in English and Math.


Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Papa, Ron, Ronnie, Oly, Doc. You will be deeply missed.


  • Bridget Rolenc Posted March 6, 2022 8:27 am

    My thoughts and prayers for the family. He will always be remembered fondly. Bridget Rolenc

  • Amy and Andy Sanders Posted March 6, 2022 2:03 pm

    We are truly sorry for Ron’s passing. We will keep all of your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Bob and Carol Lynch Posted March 6, 2022 5:27 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. Ron was an excellent physician and Bob enjoyed working with him.

  • Ron York Posted March 6, 2022 10:16 pm

    A true friend and teammate through our years as a classmate and football teammate at Cozad High school. We never could spend enough time together on the Cozad golf course. A true friend during the many years after high school when he was a student and Doctor in Omaha and I was on the West Coast involved with computer companies. Our letters continued for all of these years. I was always proud to have a best friend who was a favored as a Doctor and caregiver to so many of our friends. I had just mailed a letter sharing my feelings about having such a good friend on my 92nd birthday. Many years of true friendship. Ron York

  • Kristina Macchiaroli Posted March 7, 2022 10:06 am

    Laurie & Family- Sending you HUGE hugs and prayers are you go through this difficult time.

  • Bill Weidner Posted March 7, 2022 4:46 pm

    Ron was a wonderful mentor when I joined Physicians Clinic 34 years ago. I was a young buck in the OB/GYN department. We had a lot of fun together. His sense of humor was refreshing. What a wealth of knowledge he had. Although I did not keep in touch after he retired, I will miss him.

  • Bill WHITLEY Posted March 9, 2022 9:36 am

    Vicki and Tiffany, so sad to hear that Ron has passed. He will be missed by all of us at Vincenzo’s. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • John Ferguson Posted March 11, 2022 12:09 pm

    My deepest sympathy to Vicki and family. I was fortunate to be a partner with Ron at the Physicians Clinic and taught by him as a resident. I enjoyed our encounters during his retirement and will miss him.

  • Paul Circo,Jr. Posted March 11, 2022 2:52 pm

    Vicki and Family, Played a lot of golf with Ron and Dr. Tom Frank at the old Highland CC. and Happy Hollow.
    One of the kindest gentlemen I’ve ever known. Please accept our condolences and our prayers.
    Paul and Dr. Deb Circo

  • Lynn Scott. & Dave Olson Posted March 11, 2022 4:33 pm

    We have so many great memories of Ron! It is always best to keep the ones that make you smile or laugh to celebrate his life.
    Ron and his friend Tim were rowing a boat across Candlewood Lake to greet our new partner Dr Ann M. The boat flipped and Ron fell into the lake, came up covered in mud; he had a huge grin on his face and bottle of wine in his hand. He Waded ashore and welcomed Ann; we laughed so hard.
    He has been blessed with a great life, Vicki, kids, and grandkids.
    Ron was a great friend, partner, and a truly good person. We will miss him!,
    ( but I will forever see his smile)
    Lynn Scott and Dave Olson

  • Laura Bambino Posted March 12, 2022 6:35 pm

    I’m very sorry for your loss! My condolences. One of my memories is going to the movies with you and would get me my favorite Reese’s Peanut butter cups. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

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