Gerald Olson

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Gerald Olson, age 85, passed away Monday, October 14, 2013 at the Hillsboro Medical Center.

Gerald Olson was born in Remer, Minnesota on October 24, 1927, the son of Swan and Selma Olson.  He grew up and attended school in Remer, Minnesota.  Gerald proudly served his country in the United States Navy during WWII and the Korean War.

Gerald married Margaret “Peggy” Bushaw at Remer, Minnesota on October 27, 1948.  They moved to Grand Forks in 1949 where he worked for Amour & Company.  In 1958 they moved to Langdon, North Dakota and later to Petersburg where he worked for the ND Highway Department.  He was transferred to Hillsboro in September of 1962 where he continued working for the ND Highway Department and the Traill County Highway Department until his retirement in November 1989.  He was a life member of VFW Post 4172.  He held several posts within the District and National VFW offices.  He was also a member of the American Legion in Remer, Minnesota.

Gerald is survived by wife, Margaret “Peggy” Olson; his son, Michael (Nancy) Olson all Hillsboro; his grandchildren, Charles “Chip” (Angie) Olson of Battle Lake, MN, and Crystal (Tom) Ellis of White Settlement TX; and his four great-grandchildren. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sisters - Doris, Florence, and Evelyn.

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  1. Atlanta GeorgiaOur condolences go out to the Olsen family. Gerald was a close friend to my late grandfather Vernon Johnson. I remember Gerald and Peggy visiting my grandparents in Buxton when I was a kid.

  2. Missouri City TX
    Sorry we were unable to be with the family at this time. So many great memories over the decades…..I will never forget Uncle Gerald sharing his “Dentyne” gum with us kids and his great ability to tell a 1000 jokes….you will be missed old Buddy you were one of a kind!
    Denny & Shirlene (Red)

  3. Grand Forkss North Dakota
    Peggy and Mike

    Sorry to hear about Gerald. He will be missed by the family. He looks like I remember him 50 years ago. Your in my prayers

  4. Avon INPeggy, Mike, Nancy, Chrystal and the family.

    I am so sorry to read about your loss, Gerald and I visited 3 days a week at the dialysis center. I think of you often wondering how all of you are doing.

    Sorry I didn’t come to see you after Don passed away but they moved Dialysis to the new building and it just wasn’t the same anymore and then my kids decided to move me to Indianapolis, Indiana actually it’s a little town called Avon near my daughter.

    I will keep you in my thoughts and Prayers, he will be missed by many people.

    God Bless you and give you comfort during this sad time.
    Florence Liekhus
    (the candy lady)

  5. West Fargo Mike & family,

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your
    dad. May the memories get you through the next few days and remain in your hearts forever.

  6. West Fargo North Dakota
    I knew Gerald as a great veteran and good friend. I had an office at the Fargo VA Regional Office working for the VFW and Gerald would stop by periodically for a visit. He always had a joke to tell and had a great sense of humor.
    The family is in our prayers and please know that Gerald will always be remembered by many of us.
    God Bless.

    Many great memories of Uncle Gerald back in Remer. Also many visits, both in the cities and up in Hillsboro. He was so proud of his Navy service and we were proud of him serving. He was always the craftsman and always had a joke or 10 to share.

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