Raymond Olson, 85Raymond L. Olson, 85, died Monday, November 16, 2009, from complications after surgery at the N.C. Little Hospice House in Edina, surrounded by his family.
Raymond L. Olson, 85, died Monday, November 16, 2009, from complications after surgery at the N.C. Little Hospice House in Edina, surrounded by his family.
Ray was born September 5, 1924 on the family farm in Nelson to Emil and Anna (Hedlof) Olson. He attended District 40 school through the 8th grade. He worked on the family farm until he began working at the Ford garage.
Raymond was united in marriage to JoAnn Roberts on May 9, 1952. To this union, two daughters were born, Jackie and Lori.
Ray continued working at the Ford garage until 1976 when he and JoAnn moved back to the family farm. Ray retired in 1983 and the couple moved back to town.
Raymond’s interests included gardening, fishing with close friends, bowling, playing cards, tinkering with motors into his later years, and caring for their cats, Ole and Lena.
Ray was known to many as “Ole” Olson and as “Hopsing” to his bowling buddies at the Garden Center.
Raymond is survived by his wife, JoAnn; daughters, Jackie (Paul) Droogsma, Lori (Patrick) McClellan; two grandchildren, Ross (Rachel) Droogsma, Mindy (James) VandeCastle; two great-grandchildren, Rahnia and Aubrey; sisters, Eunice Baker and Delores (Merlin) Iverson; sister-in-law, Mavis Olson; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, two brothers-in-law, aunts and uncles.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 21 at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Pallbearers were Terry Hauger, Craig Hauger, Danny Hauger, Kim Hauger, Ross Droogsma and James VandeCastle. Burial was at Fahlun Lutheran Cemetery in Nelson.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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