Peter Bryan Olofson


Peter Bryan Olofson passed away peacefully on Monday, March 18th.
Born in 1944 to Helen and Theodore Olofson, Bryan attended school in Bloomington. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Captain of the Purple Raiders football team, and also excelled on the wrestling team. He won scholarships to attend Arizona State University and Illinois Wesleyan University, graduating in 1966. He married Jeannie Shaffer in 1963 and they share two daughters, Sarah and Stephanie.
Bryan formed his own company, Central Business Forms Incorporated, in the 1970's. He coached softball and wrestling in the Effingham area and was a regular at various local gyms, helping to found the Effingham YMCA. He was also a regular on the Effingham cruise route, usually wearing a Long John Silver's paper hat in an attempt to embarrass his daughters. When he became a grandfather, he attended every game, recital and graduation with enthusiasm.
Bryan enjoyed fellowship at both Centenary Methodist Church and Christ's Church. He was a generous person and had the ability to make everyone smile and laugh heartily.
Survivors include Jeannie, Sarah and Stephanie, granddaughter Caitlin Passalacqua Ruth (Andrew), grandsons Peter and Oliver Passalacqua, great grandkids Cora and Theo, sisters Betsy Olofson and Katie Riley, nieces Quinn Riley and Taylor Lunt. He was predeceased by his parents, brother-in-law Steve Riley, and granddaughter Chloe Passalacqua.
Arrangements are Monday, the 25th, at Bauer Funeral Home with visitation from 4-6 followed by a small service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Guardian Angel Adult Daycare.
Published on March 22, 2019
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George R. King Sr. and Judith A.King
Mar 24, 2019
Jean and Family Sorry for your los
Helen Kay Hilton Cotner
Mar 24, 2019
I'm so very sorry to learn of Bryan passing. I remember him as one of my brother's best friends during high school and college years. To Betsy and Katie and all family members sorry for your loss. Bryan was a blessing to loved ones and will be joining a great team of friends in heaven. I'm sure he and Jay will have lots of life to share.