Willard Olson, 91Willard Olson, 91, of Evansville, died Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at Ebenezer Ridges Care Center in Burnsville.
Willard Olson, 91, of Evansville, died Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at Ebenezer Ridges Care Center in Burnsville.
He was born in rural Evansville on November 24, 1918 to Carl and Ottelia “Tillie” Olson. He was baptized at Christina Lake Lutheran Church in rural Evansville. He attended school through the 8th grade at a country school north of Evansville.
In 1942, Willard joined the U.S. Army and was part of the D-Day Normandy Invasion on Utah Beach as a member of the armored infantry with General George Patton’s 3rd Army. He was wounded twice and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
After his discharge from the Army, Willard was a dairy farmer in Evansville. In 1994, he moved to Babbit and in 2000, he moved back to Evansville. Willard wintered in Apache Junction, Arizona. He was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed woodworking, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his son, Eric (Beverly) Olson of Burnsville; his granddaughter, Zoe Olson of Burnsville; sister, Evelyn Satnan of Bloomington; sister-in-law, Lorry Olson of Evansville; three nephews, Dave Satnan, Don Satnan and Gary Satnan; and by Eric’s mother, Betty Lou Olson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Allie Olson; brother-in-law, Wendell Satnan; and his life partner, Rose Renner.
Services for Willard were held Tuesday, November 9 at Faith Lutheran Church in Evansville with the Rev. Stephen Olson officiating. Burial was at Mound Grove Cemetery in Evansville.
Condolences may be sent online at www.glendenilson.com.
Arrangements are with Glende-Nilson Funeral Home of Evansville.
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