Elvin E. Olin, MD

Dr. Elvin Earl Olin died peacefully of natural causes on February 13, 2011. He was 86 years old and lived in Lansing, Michigan at the time of his death.

Elvin E. Olin was born September 17, 1924 in Canton, Ohio, the son of Robert Earl Olin Sr. and Alma Clara Drews Olin. He was enrolled at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. He interrupted his education to enlist in the Army Air Corps. His three-year tour of duty during World War II included service in the Philippine Islands. After the war, Elvin Olin returned to Michigan State University to complete his pre-med education. Elvin Olin is a 1951 graduate of Wayne State University, School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Olin completed his internship in Lansing, Michigan~ He joined a medical practice in Dubuque, Iowa in 1952 and served the Dubuque area as a family physician for 33 years. Dr. Olin was dedicated to his medical practice and his patients, for whom he made many house calls and delivered many babies.

Elvin E. Olin was married to Lois Catherine Solberg in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on December 21, 1947. Together they had four daughters, Linda, Deborah, Trudy and Julie. Dr. Olin was devoted to his family and was proud of his daughters’ accomplishments. One of his greatest joys was to take his family on vacations and journeys throughout the world. Elvin’s beloved wife, Lois Olin, died in 1991. He deeply loved her and cared for her throughout their 44 years of marriage. He later relocated to Lansing, Michigan and married Donna Lavey.

Survivors include his second wife, his four daughters and his three grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ingham County Humane Society.

Friends may gather on Friday, March 11, 2011 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Mueller Memorial Chapel located at Linwood Cemetery, 2735 Windsor Ave., Dubuque, Iowa. No service will be held. In lieu of flowers or memorial contributions, please take time to celebrate life with those you love, support our troops, or find a way to honor our veterans who have served and are serving our great nation.


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J. P. (Jake) Kemps
March 8, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Your father had a large, positive influence on me as a young man. I remembered his advice many times and had often wished I could have visited with him again the last several years. The world was a better place while he was with us.



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