A livestream of the memorial service will be viewable below starting at 6:45 PM, Thursday, January 20th, 2022:
Jeffrey Steven Olson, 68, Fargo, ND, passed away on December 23, 2021 in his home. Jeffrey, known to many as “Oscar”, was born on March 2nd, 1953, to Oscar D Olson and Ovila M Olson in Fargo, ND. Jeff attended Moorhead High School and graduated in 1971. After high school, he attended the University of Minnesota – Morris. Jeff was an outstanding wrestler, both in high school and into college. Jeff started working for his dad at Oscar D Olson Concrete in high school and continued there until starting his own gutter business, Olson Gutter, in the mid 70’s. His work brought him all over the country- out to Williston, California, Alaska, and Washington. His last job was working for the city of Moorhead Sanitation Department. He was a very hard worker and valued a job well-done. Jeff liked to have a good time, whether that be outdoors hunting or fishing, or just spending time with those he loved. He was always fun to be around and his smile would light up a room. He often played pranks on his family and would do anything to make them chuckle. His friends will miss his laugh and goofy personality. Jeff was also incredibly dependable and would do anything for his loved ones. Jeff is survived by his siblings: Dennis Olson of Fargo, ND, Linda Olson Klutz of Palmdale, CA, Nancy Campbell of Lancaster, CA, Kim Olson of Fargo, ND, and Kevin Olson of Fargo, ND; his step-sisters Shelley Goroski and LaNelle Schaffhauser; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, Ovila and Oscar Olson.

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  1. RIP Brother
    I know you had some struggles, but despite that, you were a funny and kind soul.
    We had a lot of good times together. As years passed, we didn’t get together much, but I would always answer the phone and listen to you rambling on.
    The pillow fight when I was probably 8yrs old will always stand out as a great memory of you, feathers everywhere!! Dad wasn’t amused.

  2. I met Jeff and his Moorhead buddies while working at Mick’s Office in the late 70’s. He introduced himself as “Oscar the crazy mouse” and our friendship began. He was a good guy and I’ll miss his laugh.

  3. Skip and I always enjoyed seeing him at Olson family gatherings. We were very sorry to hear of his passing. I remember being at my parents’ lake place on Franklin Lake one day many years ago and there was a guy in a boat about 40 feet off shore waving his arms and shouting Aunt Glennda, Aunt Glennda, Hi Aunt Glennda! I don’t know why, but I just thought it was so funny. I thought he might fall out of the boat. It still makes me smile when I think about it.
    Rest in Peace Cousin.

  4. So sorry to hear of your passing, dear Jeff. Our family has so many wonderful memories, spending time with you and our cousins in the Fargo Moorhead area over the years. From our younger years spending summers on the fairgrounds when Grandpa Olson was caretaker, to Christmas Eve gatherings with one of the uncles standing in for Santa, to the many family reunions over the years, and other fun get-togethers, you were part of it all, and you will be missed. God bless you and your family. Rest in peace Jeff. Love, cousin Renee

  5. I first met “Oscar” (Jeff) when I started working at Jim Lauerman’s bar shortly after it opened in downtown Fargo. Oscar was one of a group of regulars that also became Jim’s cohorts. They often occupied the corner seats at the bar near the side door. When I would arrive for my evening shift, Oscar was often the first to yell out a merry “Donna” (a nickname Pfiefer bestowed on the female bar staff). He still called me that the last time I talked to him at the 2020 Ruff-in. Oscar had a knack for making someone feel they were his most favorite person in the world. He had a big smile and an even bigger heart. The world is a sadder place now.

  6. What can I say about Oscar D or Oscie as we sometimes called him, but what a good friend, remarkable at making me laugh, always having a friends backs, loving, caring, and all around great person. I’ll miss Oscar(didn’t get to see him much), but when his name was mentioned it always put a smile on my face. A lot of great times at Micks Office and at the Ruff-Ins and at the Henry Brothers Christmas Parties, or wherever we all got together. RIP Oscar see ya later. Tell Boogie and the a Professor hi. A lot of people to meet u up there. Be at peace.

  7. I think I met Jeff in the 7th grade and knew him through our high school years. Not much contact after high school other than around town occasionally. He had a great laugh. I thought he was a good guy who had at times a hard life but I know he had some loyal friends.

  8. I have fond memories of Jeff as my buddy down the block during junior and senior high school. He was a guy with a big smile and huge heart you could always depend on. Jeff was an outstanding wrestler who made it to state due to his drive and commitment to getting better.

    I smile when I remember the day we decided to play hooky from South Jr and had the genius idea that he call the office and impersonate my Mother to explain my absence. Surprisingly we ended up meeting with the Principal that day.

  9. RIP Jeff- Many memories of us growing up while we’d head up to Fargo for Christmas gatherings and numerous re unions.
    When you’d surprise me and show up in Chisago for the weekend, wow- we would light it up!! Will miss you my man.
    Condolences to the whole family.
    Cousin Rick

  10. Beautiful service. Thank you so much for everyone who worked so hard to put this together. My sister and I couldn’t make it because of all the covid and airline restrictions. It broke our hearts but we’re so blessed to see such a beautiful tribute you put together for my brother. My God richly bless you.

  11. RIP Jeff. We were classmates at MHS (Class of 1971). I remember going to a few wrestling meets-he always won. And he was always a cheery guy. I would like to thank the friends that made Jeff’s service possible. The recording made it possible for me to see several of my past classmates in their present day configuration and to catch up on Jeff’s life story.

  12. Just saw Jeff’s obit today. Very sorry to see he is gone. Great guy with many friends.
    I worked with Jeff for his dad Oscar doing concrete work back in 1974/1975 or so. Like everyone has mentioned, he always had a good attitude and smile. He had everyone’s respect at work for his attention to detail and know-how. Last time I saw him was around 2010. He called to see if I would take a look at his computer. We talked about a bunch of stuff. Same old Jeff cracking jokes and laughing. I wish I could see him again.

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