Vernon Arnold Olson


Vernon Arnold Olson was born on October 16, 1926, in LaGrande Township to Edwin and Mabel (Severson) Olson.

He graduated from Barrett High School in 1945 and attended the Hanson Body School in Fargo, ND.

He served in the United States Army from June 1945 to January 1947 and was a Corporal, stationed at lwo Jima. He married Ruby Pladson Schreiner on June 28, 1956, in Sisseton, SD.

Vernon owned his own roofing and siding business, with his son Randy working by his side until his death in 2001. He was a member of the American Legion, the auxiliary, and a member of the Alexandria Elks Lodge.

He enjoyed ice fishing, playing cards, and playing bar bingo at the Elks. His greatest enjoyment came from being at the Viking Speedway Racetrack. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 20, 2019, marking 50 years of service at the racetrack.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Ruby; son, Randy; stepdaughter, Susan; sisters, Mayme Olson, Luella Vendell; and brother-in-Law, Otto Vendell.

He is survived by step-granddaughter, Lea (Mike) Reed; step great-grandsons, Alex and Jacob Reed; nieces, Cheryl Johnson, Diane (John) Fearneyhough; nephew, Mark Vendell, and his many special friends from Viking Speedway and the Elks.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at 2:30 PM at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Alexandria.

A visitation will take place, one hour prior to the service at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday.

Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.