Marlan Olson

marlan olson

Marlan Olson was born on December 26, 1933 to Herman and Alice (Husebye) Olson at their farm home near Kindred. He graduated from high school in Kindred and attended NDAC (now NDSU) for a year. Marlan married Ivonne Borreson of Kindred November 17, 1956. They lived and farmed in the Kindred area until they retired in 1997, moving first into the city of Kindred and then into the Fargo/West Fargo area, where they have made their home since 2011. They have two children, a daughter, Jamie and a son, Jay.

Marlan’s great grandparents were founding members of Gol Lutheran Church in rural Kindred, and the land where the church was built was a gift from them. Marlan and his family were members of Gol Lutheran until it closed in 2002, at which time they joined Kindred Lutheran. In addition to being on the church council at Gol, Marlan served on the Normanna Township Board, and on the board of directors at Cass County Electric for 24 years. Marlan was a member of the Kindred Lions Club for many years and was honored to have been named a Melvin Jones Fellow. He had a passion for selling raffle tickets/raising money for the Lions charity drives and other worthy causes, and always loved the personal challenge of selling the most tickets.

Over the years, Marlan and Ivonne loved attending the many musical/stage events that their children and grandchildren participated in. They enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. as well as trips to Europe, Norway and El Salvador.

Marlan was preceded in death by his wife Ivonne, his parents, his sister Betty Mae, brother-in-law Roger Lokken, and nephew Dean Lokken. He is survived by his children Jamie Kinne of Fargo and Jay(Rita)Olson of Wayzata, MN, his grandsons Joshua (Samanta)Kinne of Denver, CO, Anthony (Jenn)Olson of Newbury Park, CA, Alexander (Tyler Frazier)Olson of Seattle, WA, Eric Olson of Urbana, IL and his great-granddaughter Joanna Marie Kinne of Denver. He is also survived by his sister Helen Lokken of San Marcos, CA and his sister-in-law Elaine (Victor)Thompson of Idaho Falls, ID, as well as nieces, a nephew, and many relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10 am Saturday, August 20, 2022 at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo with visitation an hour before the service. Masks are recommended.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley or a charity of the giver’s choice.


Visitation - Saturday: August 20, 2022 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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


Funeral Service - Saturday: August 20, 2022 10:00 am

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


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  1. I am so sorry to hear of Marlan’s passing away. He was a man of integrity, and always treated our family with great friendship and understanding. He was truly a gift to the community of Kindred and surrounding area. He will be missed by many.

  2. I Jamie, Jay and family,
    All of you have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your Dad. He was a special man. I have fond memories out of the past with your family and ours!
    Kitty Schneeberger

  3. Jamie, Jay and family,
    My deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of your Dad. He was a special man. I have fond memories out of the past of your family and ours.

  4. My sympathy and prayers are with Marlan’s family. He and my dad were good friends at Sheyenne Crossings. They enjoyed soup lunch together almost every weekday. They liked to roll the dice, too. The guys were good buddies, and Marlan and his wife were always gracious visitors when our family came to see our parents. God’s peace to you.

  5. To Jamie and Jay…sorry to hear of Marlan’s passing, as it was my original intent to come to the funeral but Lois’ health just in the last month has restricted our travel. Not only did she have major surgery for kidney stones a month ago and last Friday came down with Diverticulitis We extend prayers to your family, as Marlan served his community and region well both as a fellow Lion and his service on the Cass County Electric Cooperative Board of Directors. It was my pleasure to have worked with him and served on many committee’s with him at the local level, regional and statewide.

  6. Jamie, Jay and Family,
    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I have such fond memories of my visits to Kindred, and Fargo, and time spent with your Mom and Dad, at Ole’s and the lake!!
    So many laughs, as he and Ole told the Best jokes!
    My Love and Sympathy to you all.

  7. Deepest Sympathies to Jamie, Jay and family. I have thee fondest memories of all the summertime visits to Marlan & Ivonne’s farm and spending the week with all my extended family there in Kindred!! Marlan and Ivonne. Riding the 3-wheeler, playing around on the organ, always special bars to eat, going to the lake and water-skiing, swimming, boating! Very gracious, patient, fun and funny, good people I admired so very much, as I do all my other family there in the Midwest!
    Really glad I had the chance to see Both Marlan & Ivonne just a few years ago!
    Peace 🙏

  8. To Jamie and Jay. I am so lucky to have met your family. Your mom and dad made it possible for me to settle and grow a family here in this beautiful part of the world. I will never forget their kindness and love. I am sorry for your loss. I remember the time at the farm and all the goofy jokes while I was learning English and learning to walk and drive on snow and ice.


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