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Donald L. Olson, 84, Farwell, died Thursday, April 3, 2014 at his home where he lived all his life.

Donnie was born February 18, 1930 in Holmes City Township, the youngest of five children born to August and Mathilda (Anderson) Olson. The family farmed in Holmes City Township and Donnie attended country school and graduated from Kensington High School in 1948.

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Donnie was united in marriage to Joanne Rudell on June 13, 1953 at Farwell Lutheran Church. The couple moved onto the Olson family farm after their marriage, where they farmed the land and enjoyed hunting there, too.

He was a hard, honest worker who appreciated the fruits of his labor. It was a difficult time for the Olson family in 1960 when their home was destroyed by a fire on Halloween night. Donnie rebuilt their home, where the family has enjoyed many occasions, especially the Olson reunions every year.

Donnie also was an avid baseball player and fan. He played baseball throughout his adult life and enjoyed coaching his three sons later on. As the years moved along and he wasnt able to play baseball, he started golfing, which he enjoyed through his later years. He loved to play cards with family and friends too, especially whist.

Donnie was a member of Oscar Lake Lutheran Church, Runestone Park chairman, Church Council, Creamery Board, and the Kensington School Board.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne; children, Carol (Frank) Anderson of Minneapolis, Donna (Reggie) Stark of Moorhead, Calvin of Kensington, Douglas (Kari) of Hoffman; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and sister, Evelyn.

He was preceded in death by his son, Daniel; parents; and brothers, Clifford, Lloyd, and Alfred.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 7 at Oscar Lake Lutheran Church. Burial was at Oscar Lake Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.

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