Paul Olson

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Paul Dennis Olson, 57, passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at Veteran Affairs Medical Center, in Fargo, North Dakota.  While his spirit left his physical body on this date, his soul will be with each of us in everything we do…always.

Paul was born October 25, 1955 (one of six children) to Milford and Dolores (Nygaard) Olson in New Rockford, North Dakota.  He graduated from Tower City High School in 1973.  Paul then enlisted in the United States Army, serving in Germany as a Specialist Fourth Class until he was honorably discharged in 1976.

Upon Paul’s return from military service, he began his higher education at North Dakota State University.  He held miscellaneous jobs for a few years.  He then had a hiatus for several years with plenty of time to think, find his true higher power, and align himself with his future goals and life path.  He finalized his education later in life, receiving his Degree and Licensure for Counseling in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Recovery.  Paul eventually received his Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Utilizing his own life experience, he wanted to make the ultimate difference in people’s lives by owning and operating Northwest Recovery Center.  He was the Director and Lead Counselor for his inpatient/outpatient treatment center for the majority of his professional career.  To say he was proud of this achievement would be an understatement.  Paul was able to come full circle and share all his experience and knowledge with those in need.  He was known for his somewhat brash, humorous, yet always realistic counseling technique and approach with his clients.

Paul also treated his favorite hobbies as passionately as he treated his professional life.  He loved fast cars (especially Corvettes), fast bikes (especially Harley-Davidsons), and slow days fishing…whether he caught anything or not.  He also loved hunting with his brothers.  A cup of coffee and a chat, or an occasional cigar or pipe, would be a good way to round out a relaxing day as well.

Paul is survived by all of his wonderful family and friends.  He will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.  We can honor him by remembering he is always here with us…as we live each day one day at a time (the way he would want).

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  1. I only had the pleasure of knowing Paul briefly in life though work experience as a fellow County Social Service Director but he was a wonderful person to have known. He will be greatly missed by those that knew him. Sincerely, Marcia Beglau, Cooperstown, ND

  2. The loss of a loved one is so heart breaking. If Adam and Eve would have remained obedient, they along with their offspring would have had the opportunty to remain forever here on earth. Will God’s original purpose ever be fulfilled? Jesus Christ while here on earth gave us a For Sure Promise in John 5:28,29. There he spoke about the resurrection hope. In harmony with God’s original purpose those resurrected as humans, will have the opportunity to live on a paradise earth. (Luke 23:43) This promise also includes perfect health and everlasting life for Obedient humans (John 3:16, 17:3, and Psalms 37:29. What wonderful hope to look forward to.

  3. Maddock ND
    I just found out a few hours ago Paul had passed away. I will truly miss his smile and the energy he had when he entered a room. He was always so positive and full of life.
    I feel blessed to have known him.

  4. Valley City ND
    Paul was passionate about his work as a county social service director. I enjoyed learning from him the short time he was with us. I wish I had asked him more aobut where he grew up, etc. I now live in Tower City and work in Barnes County where he was laid to rest. May you know he blessed the lives of those he served.

    Heather M. Pautz,
    Director Barnes County Social Services

  5. Paul was one of a kind. A very compassionate, free spirited man. He made a difference in the lives of many.
    Prayers to his friends and family.

  6. Caledonia MN
    I will miss your energy and compassion for those in need. You will me truly missed, Paul. My heart and prayers go out to your family. Love you.

  7. Litchville ND
    Sympathy and prayers to the Paul’s family. He was a cousin I didn’t have the opportunity to know very well. As we were able to visit in these last few years, I always enjoyed an opportunity to visit with him and enjoyed his spirit and positive ‘life outlook’. He certainly demonstrated courage, positive thinking and spirit as he faced his journey with cancer. His family will have many memories to cherish and keep in their hearts.

  8. Peterson MN
    Paul was one of those memorable men with his feisty spirit. I am honored to have had the opportunity to get to know him. He will be missed and forever loved. My sympathies to his family, as I know they will miss him dearly.

  9. Bloomington Minnesota
    Joshua and Family,

    Please accept my condolences for your loss. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

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