Christopher A. Olney of Minneapolis, MN, born in Vicenza, Italy and formerly of Rochester, MN, died unexpectedly in June 2022 at the age of 51.
Chris is survived by his parents, Byron Olney and Marilynn Olney of Rochester, MN; his brother James (Kristin), his sister Liz (Tom), and his nieces and nephew Maggie, Ruth, Jane and Ben, all of Minneapolis.
Chris graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1993 and, after spending a few years in San Francisco honing his culinary skills, moved to Minneapolis, where he had the opportunity to work at some of the best restaurants in the country. Chris was a fan of fine food, quality television, watching sports, and a good argument. We will miss his humor, passion and deep knowledge of random facts.
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Oh this is such sad news. Chris and I were in elementary school together, enjoyed club soccer and ran in same soccer circles in high school, and went to Gustavus together too. I am very sad, and embarrassed, I haven’t kept in touch with him - but did think of him often. And that always brought a smile to my face. Chris was such a deeply honest person. I appreciated his lack of pretense and his “call it like it is” attitude. Even if he relentlessly, publicly reminded me of our elementary school embarrassing moments anytime, anywhere.
I am so saddened by this loss and my condolences to his family and friends.
Kelly Morse Nowicki
My deepest sympathy to your family, I cannot imagine anything as painful as losing a child (no matter how old they are). Thoughts and prayers going out to you. Valerie (Martin) McKean
There are only a handful of people with whom I am unreservedly myself. Chris was one of them. I've never known anyone so painfully blunt and fully kind, or so intensely serious and stingingly funny. He was prickly on a good day and I loved that about him. It made it so much more fun to earn a smile. He was fiercly protective of the people he loved. Even 30 years later, I believed he would do anything to help me if I needed him. I hoped he knew I felt the same. I should have told him that and more. I let time, distance, and the prickly attitude I loved so much keep me away. I will always regret it. My sympathy to everyone who loved him and was lucky enough to be loved by him.
I am very saddened and hurt. Chris was one of the first people I met at Gustavus, and what a profound impact this special, great person would make. From the epic soccer trip to Denmark, to just sitting around talking sports, playing 500 - they were all treasured times. A good friend well beyond college, Chris was in my wedding, and there were some fun gatherings out in California and then after he returned to Minnesota. We had not been in contact over the last couple of years, which leaves me embarrassed and ashamed. Chris was intelligent, sarcastic, funny. He was also very kind, even though he didn’t want you to know that. I consider myself extremely blessed that he let me into his life, and hope he always knew what he meant to me.
Deepest sympathies to his family and friends,
Mark Genosky (Geno)
I always enjoyed your stories of your son, and his cooking. My heart aches for you and your family and praying the fond memories you carry will give you comfort. My sincerest sympathy and prayers for you all. Sue Majerus
I cannot imagine the heartache you must feel. I am saying so many prayers for you, Dr. Marilynn and Dr. Byron and your family. God bless you all. Mary Pat Jewison
I was very good friends with Chris during my younger years and he spent a lot of time at our house. I always respected his wit, intelligence and advanced musical tastes. He introduced me to dry humor and was a fan of the old Letterman show as early as elementary school! We reconnected during a stint in CA during the late 90s and I just recently was thinking about him and wanted to reconnect. I’m very sad about this loss and want to express my most sincere condolences to the family.
Robert (“Robby”) Auger
Chris and I were very good friends particularly during middle school and he spent a lot of time at my house. He definitely introduced me to dry humor at a young age and I was always impressed with his wit. I greatly respected that he was a fan of the old Letterman show as early as elementary school! We reconnected during a stint in CA in the late 90s and I just recently was looking to reconnect again. I’m very sad about this loss and want to express my most sincere condolences to the family.
Robert (“Robby”) Auger
Liz and Family-
I have fond memories of Chris as a goofy, highly energetic, smart, and sometimes very sweet boy, who liked to relentlessly torment his sister and her friend (me)... I can picture him hopping around the tv room, from couch to couch, while Hush looked on, gently waving his tail :). I am so sorry for your loss.
Eva (Luhman) Cleet
I was so sad to hear the news about Chris. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
I met Chris in high school. I will always remember his quick-witted, no-nonsense personality, and dry sense of humor. Chris was also incredibly patient and kind as was evident when he attempted to teach me how to drive a manual transmission. He will be missed.
Stacy Mikkelson Dolan