January 18, 1926 ~ September 26, 2020
Harold Richard Olson, 94, of Fargo, North Dakota, passed away on September 26, 2020 at Bethany Homes in Fargo, ND, after receiving injuries from a fall.
Harold was born in East Grand Forks, Minnesota to Nellie Marie Bydal and Peter Olson on January 18, 1926. Harold’s father, Peter had immigrated from Galve, Sweden in 1911 and married Nellie, who was Norwegian, and they set up residence on the family farm.
Riding high on the combine, milking cows, and feeding chickens were just some of the chores that Harold and his sister Gladys were responsible for during their early years. He attended a 2 room school through 8th grade and then worked full time on the farm.
In June of 1944, at 18 years old, Harold joined the Navy. During WW II, he served as a gunner on a ship in the Asia Pacific arena. After returning from the war, he drove construction trucks and was a truck driver for the sugar beet company.
He loved to fish in Lake of the Woods, Minnesota and caught many a Walleye and Northern pike. He also enjoyed hunting with friends near Gatzke, Minnesota and watching Western movies on TV. His closest friend, Clarence, said he was a strong democrat, a fun guy to hang out with, liked dill pickles, Lefse, and deer meat and had a great memory until the end.
No funeral services will be held at this time. The family will hold a memorial service after the Pandemic has ended.
Harold is survived by his sister, Gladys (Olson) Orlando, her 3 children, and many Hotvedt and Ringstad nieces and nephews and their children.
Memorial donations may be given in Harold’s name to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 762, 202 Broadway, Fargo, ND 58102. Their website is: Fargovfw762.org. Harold’s family wishes to thank everyone at ETHOS Hospice and Bethany Homes in Fargo for all their care and support of Harold.