Mechanic 05

Bruce Peter William Olander

May 26, 1938 ~ January 29, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old



Bruce Olander, 85, of Camarillo, California passed away on January 29, 2024 at St. John’s Pleasant Valley hospital after a brief illness.

Bruce was born on May 26, 1938 to Nancy and Clarence Olander in Red Wing, Minnesota. He graduated from Red Wing High School in 1956. He then attended University of Wisconsin Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin where he majored in Industrial Arts Education. While at Stout he met and married his future wife, Karla Hanke. They married August 27, 1960. After graduation in 1961 they moved to Pewaukee, Wisconsin where Bruce taught Junior High shop classes. Their children, Dan and Lynn, were born in nearby Oconomowoc.

In 1967, having had their fill of Wisconsin and Minnesota winters, the family moved to California. They lived first in Santee, then Oxnard and finally moved to Camarillo. Bruce taught Industrial Arts in the Conejo Valley Unified School District, mainly at Thousand Oaks and Westlake High Schools.

While teaching was his main profession, he had several avocations over the years including selling real estate, taking aerial photographs, owning a photography/picture framing studio and operating a used car rental business which he called Ole’s Oldies.

Bruce could build or fix anything and was often called upon to help friends with fix-it or remodeling projects. Among his many interests were motorcycle riding, flying general aviation airplanes, RVing, wood turning, astronomy and operating radio-controlled aircraft.

Bruce is survived by his wife of 63 years, Karla; his son, Dan; his sister-in-law, Ann (Walt) Patterson; his brother-in-law, Steve (Barb) Hanke; and his niece and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lynn; his parents Nancy and Clarence Olander; and his brother and sister-in-law Jerome and Jan Olander.

He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. There will be a memorial service followed by a reception at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park in Camarillo on Friday, February 23 at 1:00 pm.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the charity of your choice.


...Family in the care of Erin Arteaga, Funeral Director


Celebration of Life
February 23, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Chapel of the Hills - Conejo Mountain Funeral Home & Memorial Park
2052 Howard Road
Camarillo, CA 93012

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Graveside Service
February 23, 2024

2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Conejo Mountain Memorial Park
2052 Howard Road
Camarillo, CA 93012

February 23, 2024

2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Community Room-Conejo Mountain Funeral Home
2052 Howard Road
Camarillo, California 93012


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