Albert "Al" Olien


April 22, 1939 ~ January 3, 2023

Born in: Grand Forks, ND
Resided in: Fargo, ND

Albert Olien, 83, of Fargo, ND died Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at Bethany on 42nd under the care of Ethos Hospice. He was surrounded by family at the time of his passing.

Al was born on April 22, 1939, the son of Julius and Gina (Torgerson) in Grand Forks, ND. He attended school in both Grand Forks and Fargo, ND. He actively served in the US Army from 1959-1961, followed by The Reserves and was honorably discharged in 1965. He retired from Fairway Foods in the year 2000 after 26 years of service.

He married LouAnn Wolbeck on December 1,1962 in Mahnomen, MN. They made their home in Fargo, ND where they raised two children, Kathy (Olien) Lehman and Bryan Olien. Al cherished the years he spent with his grandchildren during his retirement. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and spending time at the lake with family and friends.

Al is survived by his daughter Kathy Lehman, son Bryan and his wife Christine (Simonson), three grandchildren (Austin, Cheyenne, and Madison).

Al was preceded in death by his parents, his wife LouAnn, brothers Robert and George, Sister-in-law Lorraine, and niece Debbie Olien.


Visitation - Saturday: January 7, 2023 9:00 am

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Memorial Service - Saturday: January 7, 2023 10:00 am

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


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  1. Uncle Sonny , I love you as much as I loved Dad your brother. Please know you will be so missed. I have comfort knowing you are once again with Aunt LouAnn . Brian and Kathy – if you need anything please don’t hesitate to ask! Love you all . Julie Olien (niece)

  2. Kathy and family

    His memory will live on in you hearts. Know now that he is in a better place and watching over you

    I’m sorry for your loss but try to remember all the good times and remember he loved you always

  3. So sorry for your loss Kathy and Bryan. Loved Al and had so many good memories with him. Al and I were going to go fishing many years ago. Picked him up and we went to Big Cormorant Lake for what we thought would be some good fishing for walleyes. I had just bought a used 5HP outboard so we needed to try it out. Rented a 14ft boat at Twin City Resort and headed out. After we got across the lake the motor died and would not start. So I oared all the way back to the resort, told Al he could fish. Needless to say we caught no fish, but had a lot of good memories.
    And so many nights of playing cards with Al Louann, Leat and Al, and the Delaneys. Believe we played whist and Tripoley. And Al would try to grab any wheat back penny when we played Tripoley, as they were worth like a penney and a half. Too much fun. And I worked with Al at Fairway(he helped me get the job) so had fun at work and at Buyers Fairs, etc. Miss and Love You Al.

  4. To the family of AL Olien.

    I am so sorry to hear of Al’s death.
    For some reason I was thinking of Al this morning and decided to Google his name. I was shocked to see his obituary come up.
    I worked with Al at Fairway Foods for 14 years and knew him many years before that when he called on me when I was the Health and Beauty Dept. manager at the Miller’s Fairway stores in Grand Forks.
    We spent many hours on the road together and had many good laughs,heartfelt conversation, and much hard work over the years. He was always kind and good to me as my supervisor. He was a good man.
    I would like to express my sincere sympathies to all of his family and friends.
    My wish for all of you is, Peace of Mind and Heart. May you find that Peace and comfort in the memories and time shared with AL.
    Kevin Hinschberger
    Grand Forks

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