Kenneth Stephen “Steve” Olaveson of Opelika was born in Roanoke, Alabama, to the late Ferrell J. and Thelma Dudley Olaveson on Oct. 26, 1939, and passed away on July 21, 2022. He was 82 years old.

Steve retired after 20 years as the Dean at Opelika State Technical College. He also taught and coached at Chattooga High School in Summerville, Georgia., Benjamin Russell High School, Opelika High School, and Scott Academy. Steve was an active member of Northside Baptist Church where he served as Trustee and Sunday School Director. Steve was an avid Atlanta Braves fan, he enjoyed watching Auburn sports, camping with the love of his life, Barbara, and spending time at Lake Martin.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Olaveson; and nephew, David Olaveson.

Steve is survived by his wife, Barbara H. Olaveson; nephew, Phillip (Nancy) Olaveson of Opelika; nieces, Jackie (Fred) Wertymer of Cashiers, North Carolina, Pat (Graham) Weatherstone of Columbus, Georgia, Melissa (Jason) Cherry of Opelika, Jennifer (John) Heffner of Alpharetta, Georgia., Deborah (David) Morgan of Lafayette, Alabama, and Ginger Whitson of Jacksons Gap, Alabama. He is also survived by numerous great nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Friday, July 22, 2022, in the Parlor at Frederick-Dean Funeral Home and the funeral service was held Saturday, July 23, 2022, at 11 a.m. with Bro. John Coker and Bro. Billy Clark officiating. Interment followed at Rock Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Chambers County, Alabama.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to your favorite Charity of choice or Northside Baptist Church of Opelika.


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