Elmer "Skip" Olson

Elmer “Skip” Leothan Olson, 90, died February 9, 2015, at Rosewood on Broadway. Skip was born December 18, 1924 in Moorhead, to Elmer and Eleanor Olson. He served in the Pacific in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married Verna Schuman and they made their home in Fargo. He worked for Advance United until his retirement. Skip was an avid walleye fisherman and spent as much time as he could fishing Minnesota Lakes, especially Franklin. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Verna; children, Steven (Lenore) Olson, Comstock, MN, Andrea (David) Haug, Hendrum, MN, Valerie (Darwin) Dahl, Richmond, MN, and Jill (Jeff) Zaun, Buffalo, ND; grandchildren, Chris (Holly) Haug, his favorite granddaughter, Sarah (Adam) Maasjo, Tim (Courtney) Haug and Tony, Anders, Axl and Austin Dahl, and great-grandchildren, Jackson, Skyla and Max Maasjo, 3 sisters and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and son-in-law. Skip’s family wishes to give a special thanks to the loving staff at Rosewood on Broadway. A private family service will be held at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

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  1. Those electric blue eyes! Just like mom’s. They can catch up and open some white 55’s and have an ice cold beer! I’ll miss my uncle! Love and prayers to all of you!

  2. Sorry we are unable to attend.Being your “Sister” I spent many good years growing up with you..Were both in our teens–Lot of good memories–R.I.P.Dear Brother–Your Sister Shirley

  3. I want to thank you all for letting me get to know Skip. He was such a wonderful man. I will definitely miss him. Sandy

  4. Skip always kept the minnows fresh and our staff on their toes here at Lakeland General Store. Farewell Skip!

  5. My prayers are with your family especially Verna. It is said that a thousand angels can dance on the head of a pin. I like to think of the joy they must be experiencing right now. It’s like a grand family reunion. One day we will hopefully join them and then we can dance with them!

  6. Verna, Steve, Andie, Val, and Jill,
    So sorry to read of Skip’s passing. I remember not knowing him for along time even though we lived so close because he was fishing. Those electric blue eyes were unforgettable when I did finally meet him, even brighter than my dad’s. And a great sense of humor, always ready to have a chuckle. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  7. I have never met you before, but my grandma (Bea aka your sister) has told me so much about you. So, I feel like I have known you all my life. You were such a great son, brother, husband, and father to so many. You will be deeply missed. But I know my grandma your sister will be up there waiting for you with open arems. Now you can join the party. Tell your niece Marilyn that we miss her and think of her every day.

    To the Olson family,

    There are no words that I can say that will make this any better. Just remember that he lived a long and fulfilling life. He is in a better place now and he is joining the party with th rest of the people we lost too soon. May God bring peace and healing to your family.


    Melissa Monroy-Boncimino

  8. My memories of Uncle Skip are his beautiful blue eyes, his smile and his laughter sitting at Aunt Phyllis’s kitchen table when we spent our summers as kids in Moorhead, Minn. which were such very special times.
    My deepest sympathies to Aunt Verna and “The Olson kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren, Aunt Shirley, Aunt Nita and Aunt Judy.

  9. To My Dear Uncle Skip

    I really enjoyed coming to Minnesota to visit with you. We came there every summer since I was a little girl. We all had great times. Then I came as an adult and got to know you and see your a funny loving person. I cry because I am going to miss you. I know it’s selfish and I am So glad you aren’t hurting anymore. Give my dad, mom, and sister Marilyn a great big hug from me.im sure they are watching over us too, but it warms my heart to think of you up there with the rest of the family exchanging stories. I going to miss you terribly; and will think of you often with heartfelt love, respect and gratitude. I love you, and always will. See you later. God Bless

    To All My Family In Minnesota

    The loss of uncle Skip cannot be replaced, I am here to give you a shoulder to cry on for whatever you need. Please be strong and hold aunt Verna very tight as she will need you at this time. She’s a very sweet lady and I hope I can get out there to see her. He is in a better place right now and will have a great time with the rest of the family. God Bless

  10. Verna, so very sorry to hear of Skip’s passing. Please call if there is anything we can do for you. Let Jill and Dave & Andrea know that we send our sympathies. Love and prayers to your entire family.

    Love, Jim & Esther

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