Leland Olson

leland olson

August 11, 1943 ~ August 9, 2023

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

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Leland Karlton Olson, 79, of Fargo, ND (formerly Buxton, ND) died August 9, 2023 at Sanford Hospice House surrounded by his loving family.

Leland was born August 11, 1943 in Grand Forks, ND to Ole L. and Viola G. (Odegard) Olson. He attended Stavanger #3 in rural Buxton, ND through 8th grade and graduated from Climax, MN High School in 1961. He continued his education at North Dakota State University receiving his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics in 1968. During his time at NDSU, Leland was an active member of the Coop House Fraternity. While in High School and College he raised and showed Berkshire Hogs, having the first certified Berkshire herd in North Dakota.

While in college he met his future wife, Diane Hewitt. They were married June 10, 1967 in Fargo, ND. After graduating from NDSU, Leland and Diane returned to the Olson Family Farm in rural Buxton, ND where they resided for 52 years. They were blessed with three children: Lionel Kevin in 1969, Trygg Karlton in 1971 and Nicole Marie in 1974.

Leland started farming with his father in 1962. He farmed many years with his brother Jon and on his own through 1990. After leaving farming, he obtained his realtor and insurance licenses. He sold insurance for MayPort Insurance (now HUB International) until the time of his death. Leland served on many boards, some of which include: Stavanger Township Board serving as Treasurer and Assessor for 50 years; Buxton Rural Fire Protection District; Trail County Farmers Union; Farmers Union Elevator of Buxton and founding board member of Central Valley Bean Coop. He was active in Valley Sportsman Club, Buxton Volunteer Fire Department and was a 4-H Leader.

Leland’s hobbies included duck, goose and deer hunting along with fishing. His fondest hunting memories are the outings that included his sons, grandsons, brothers and cousin. In recent years, Leland learned to use a wood lathe and enjoyed making duck and goose calls. He also loved spending time at the family cabin in Minnesota, especially when his grandchildren were visiting.

Leland is survived by his wife Diane; his two sons Lionel (Carolyn) Olson, Grand Forks, ND, and Trygg Olson, Carrington, ND; daughter Nicole (James) Byerley, Hazen, ND; five grandchildren Eva (fiancée Sam Wagner) Byerley, Olivia (fiancée Daniel Young) Byerley, Garrett Byerley, Levi Olson and McKenzie Olson; sister Gwendolyn (Rev. Robert) Sorenson, Bettendorf, IA; two brothers Roland (Mattie) Olson, Winchester, VA and Jonathan (Linda) Olson, Grand Forks, ND; brother-in-law Charles (Jackye) Hewitt, Fargo, ND; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws Charles and Martha Hewitt and nephew Christopher Sorenson.

A funeral service will take place at 10am with visitation at 9am on Friday, August 18, 2023 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery Mausoleum at 3pm.

The family would like to thank the amazing staff at Essentia Hospital and Sanford Hospice House for the love and care they showed Leland.


Visitation - Friday: August 18, 2023 9:00 am

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


Funeral Service - Friday: August 18, 2023 10:00 am

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


Interment: August 18, 2023 3:00 pm

Riverside Mausoleum, Fargo
2102 5th St S
Fargo, ND 58103

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  1. Diane and family,
    Sorry to learn of Leland’s death. I enjoyed several telephone chats with him after he and you attended the NDSU
    Co-op House reunion in 2019.
    F C “Chuck” Humphrey
    Pocatello, Idaho

  2. Diane and kids,

    I’m sorry for your loss Leland was a very nice man! Prayers and sympathy to you and the family!

  3. Our Deepest Sympathy from my brother Donald & I to the Leland Olson Family…Always loved his unique sense of humor! Enjoyed his visit when in Yuma a few years ago!

  4. We are so sad to hear Leland passed, he will be greatly missed on Pike Bay! Diane and family your lake neighbors are sending love and prayers. James and Teeny Mullady

  5. Diane and family, we are very sorry for the lose of Leland,he was a active member of our Buxton community. Before moving to Fargo he was one of the Cenex circle of Wisdom, sharing and having coffee. God bless you at this difficult time.

  6. When I think of my cousin Leland I think of a soft spoken man who had such a nice laugh and was interested in and cared about other people. The love and importance of his family and friends was evident in the way he lived.
    There were times that we didn’t see each other for years but when we did he would give me a “big bear hug”! It became a tradition to which I looked forward.
    Even though we will be unable to attend his funeral my family and I will be sharing together with others our grief for the loss of this good man.
    In honor and in memory of Leland I am leaving to all of his family special prayers and one giant bear hug!
    Karen Strand (Orlando Odegard’s daughter)

  7. Had a lot of fun playing softball with Leland…always a good guy. Sorry to hear of his passing.
    Craig Knudsvig

  8. Leland Olson’s Timeline
    To the Olson’s–
    I always liked Leland. He so often had something humorous to say, truly witty. And he knew seriousness too. A special memory of mine: He, Marj, and I were standing around talking about the one-room country schoolhouse we all used to go to, and also the surrounding community of it, him emphasizing how his dad, and our dad, and Mansor and Clifton were truly movers and shakers in the farming organizations back then. A short conversation, but sweet, especially after I hadn’t seen him for awhile prior. And then we shut the door behind of the old one-room schoolhouse, looked across the road to the bean field, and were refreshed.
    Now he rests in peace with his mom and dad, his grandpas and grandma’s, and all those gone before him.
    Chery Odegard

  9. We are sadded to hear of Leland’s passing. Prayers for everyone. We always enjoyed visiting with Leland and Diane at their Pike Bay cabin. May he rest in peace.

  10. Lee was a fine member of the Pike Bay community.
    We enjoyed his company and admired the beautiful craftsmanship of his work on your cabin.
    He will be missed.

  11. Diane, I’m so sorry for your loss. I wish I’d known Lee…you had a good life and a lovely family.

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