The funeral service will be Live-Streamed and can be viewed HERE.
Our favorite stuntman, Oluf “Olie” Joshua Anderson, age 81, of Neola, Utah, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Friday, January 27, 2023. He battled tirelessly for two years.
He was born June 13, 1941, in Salt Lake City, to Dell and Virginia Beatie Anderson. He spent most of his childhood growing up on the family farm in Tridell, performing mundane childhood activities such as: taking test flights off the barn in his homemade orange crate plane; wrecking the tractor into freshly filled milk cans and refilling them with water so he wouldn’t get caught; saving his dad from his actual pet African Lion, Leo, who had stalked his dad through the field; and catching the chicken coop on fire with his first attempt of the “Flaming Board Wall.” He later moved to the Wasatch Front where he raced for Harley Davidson and traveled as a stuntman.
Olie met the love of his life in February of 1961, at her father’s restaurant, Herb’s Café, where Olie was a regular. That day, Joyce Prisbrey, came to help out and she obviously made an impression because he returned three times in the same day until she agreed to a first date. They dated for the next two years and were married on November 23, 1963, in Elko, Nevada. They were later sealed in the Vernal Temple on February 20, 1999. They spent their first eleven years in the Salt Lake Valley, later making their permanent home in Neola. Together they raised four children.
Olie was a jack-of-all-trades. He had a special knack for figuring things out. He enjoyed the challenge of creating something from nothing, and was incredibly talented. He designed and built multiple monster trucks and transformers, constructed their beautiful log home and could build or fix anything.
He dabbled in various jobs as he labored towards his dream of working how he lived, surrounded by his family. Some of those included hauling milk, Donkey Basketball, owning and running a gas station, Country Tire, hauling bananas coast to coast, a CDL instructor, and EMT driver, all while going after his dream of having the best stunt show! He achieved this dream in the early 70's as he became one of the biggest and best thrill shows in the country and could focus on it and his family full time. They learned as they worked, played, and traveled the country together.
Olie also loved camping, fishing, hunting, boating, prospecting, and especially aviation, owning several planes and flying them often.
He made lifelong friends everywhere he went and had a very magnetic personality. He helped shape the character and lives of many people over the years. He will be missed more than words can express.
Olie was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many callings throughout his life.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joyce, of Neola; children, Cindy (Scott) Ivie, Ballard; Oluf Joshua “Josh” (Suann) Anderson, Rangely, CO; Oluf Jay “O. Jay” (Amy) Anderson, Vernal; Tara (Spencer) Winn, Neola; foster-son, Ferron “Kink” Wyasket; 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dell & Virginia; and siblings, Alice Heaton, Joyce Murdock, and Dale Anderson.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 3, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Neola Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There will be a viewing on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Hullinger Mortuary and on Friday from 10-10:45 a.m. at the church.
Burial will be in the Neola Cemetery.