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.