Ronald Olson

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On Friday, August 27, 2021, Ronald Martin Olson, loving husband and father passed away at the age of 79. Ron was born on February 23, 1942 in Shell Lake, Wisconsin to Andrew and Kathryn Olson. On October 6, 1962 he married Lynda (Lipp) Olson. They would have celebrated their 59th anniversary in October. Ron attended Wahpeton State School of Science in the graphic industries department and started working at Knight Printing Company. After 42 years and six months of hard, honest work, and a passion for his job he retired in 2001. Ron was blessed with a multitude of achievements in his lifetime. One of his accomplishments was his humble beginning as a printer’s devil and working his way up to becoming president of Knight Printing. His contributions to state and local affairs included being president of the North Dakota printers association as well as serving on numerous boards of local businesses and participating in several community projects. Ron was also honored with the Silver Metal award from the FM Advertising Federation for his years of advertising contributions to the area. Ron connected with everyone he met. He spent winters in Arizona and summers at the lake in Minnesota. Going out on the boat and visiting with friends at the lake was a favorite past time. He always had a Bud Light for anyone who stopped by. Ron loved being outside doing yardwork and projects like building decks or helping neighbors. Always a gentleman, Ron would hold open doors and make sure everyone was comfortable and had what they needed. Ron was quick with a hug and loved his family with his whole heart. Ron was preceded in death by his father, Andrew, and his mother, Kathryn. He is survived by his wife Lynda of Gilbert, Arizona, his son Ryan Olson of Minneapolis, his daughter Julienne Olson, of Fargo, his brother Myron (Carol) Olson of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, his sister Marlene Koenig of West Fargo, and his nephew Shane Koenig. A celebration of Ron’s life will take place at Boulger Funeral Home at 123 10th St. S in Fargo on Sunday, September 12, 2021 from 1:00-3:00pm. In lieu of flowers the family would like to suggest a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association. Ron will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.

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  1. Ron was a wonderful boss, a mentor and friend. Such fond memories of a very caring, highly respectful individual. He will surely be missed. My love and prayers to Lynda, Ryan and Julie!

  2. So sorry for your loss. He was a great friend of a wonderful boss I will miss him deeply Lenny Roehrich

  3. Ron called on Great Plains Software when I was just starting my career. He taught me the true meaning of customer service. I’ve never known a more kind or caring man in all my 35 of professional experience. My sincere sympathy to Ron’s family. He was a great man!

  4. It’s difficult to believe I am writing my condolences for a man whose presence filled the room and thoughts of him leaving this earthly life seemed all but impossible. A gentle giant who cared about everyone he encountered. His bigger than life personality could conquer anything he put his mind to, it was always fun to hear about the next building project at the lake or in Arizona. They say it’s not the years in your life, but the life in your years, although his time has come to a close, we should all be mindful that he would say he had a helluva good ride. To my friend and mentor, God speed, we’ll see you on the other side. Keep the Bud Light chilled.

  5. Ron was a dear dear friend to Gary and a close business partner. They were almost like two peas in a pod—We watched a lot of Bizon games in Arizona at RTOs— Ron and Gary would go to the bar at 7 AM to save seats for a noon game—He will be missed dearly may you rest in peace Ron. Love Virg

  6. From the short amount of time that I knew this amazing man I felt like I knew him forever. He was a wonderful and amazing boss who had a heart of gold. My heart is extremely sad today to hear of his passing but I also feel so extremely blessed to have known him and got to be a part of his life. Rest in peace Ron. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family

  7. Lynda & Family ~

    Ron’s obituary said it so well! Ron was such a genuine, wonderful presence of a man! He had a huge heart and even bigger hugs!! (Just loved those hugs!) You and your family have always been special to us!

    We still talk on occasion & laugh about Andrew & Kathryn’s visits to the farm – such awesome memories! Plus the wonderful visits we would be blessed with, when we would see you & Ron as well! Our only sadness is that our paths didn’t cross more over the years, but the ones that did, will forever be cherished!

    We are sending all our love and prayers for comfort! Please know there will forever be a special place in our hearts for Ron and all of you!
    Arlene Lovgren (Mathias) and the whole Don Mathias Family

  8. Sad to hear of your losing Ron! Sister of mine Arlene truly said what we are feeling that only wish could have had more time with Ron and his family! You both were always so very kind to our family and made us feel special! I am sad to say we won’t be able to come to visitation for Ron, as we had a Labor Day long weekend getaway in Aberdeen, SD with our kids, Grandkids and Arlene and family’s! But you will remain in our thoughts and prayers and hugs from afar! Such a wonderful man!! All our Love, Donna (Mathias) and Craig Manske and family

  9. I am so sorry for your loss..I have great memories of fun times with you guys and know that he will live on in our hearts.

  10. Ron was larger than life. We will miss his beautiful smile and warm welcoming hugs. He has left a lasting impression on our hearts. We are thinking of you Lynda, Ryan and Julienne. Much Love and many prayers for your peace. We will miss you Ron. XO

  11. I’m so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. We had a lot of good times over the years. I was blessed to know him and Lynda.😍Bruce Markey

  12. Ron was my first “printing” connection when I started at Hospice of the Red River Valley and a tremendous support when we went through rebranding. I learned a lot from him. Thank you Ron!

  13. Ron was such a sweet loving soul I’m glad Im glad I got to be apart of his life even tho it was a short time while taking care of him there was never a dull moment that’s for sure! He will be terribly missed by all rip fly high with the angels family is is my thoughts

  14. Sorry for your loss. You guys are in our thoughts and prayers. it was always nice to visit with you guys when you lived next to Uncle Jim’s and Aunt Terry’s when growing up. Marti ( Evert) Olson. Dan and Bonnie Evert

  15. Ron will be missed greatly by all here at Trilogy in Gilbert, AZ. We will miss his wonderful smile, attentiveness to our needs when we visited him and Lynda. We also enjoyed playing card, dice games, putting puzzles together, and watching his favorite western shows. Most of all, I will miss his “Teddy Bear” hugs. My deepest condolences to Lynda, Ryan, and Julie. May God’s peace and comfort be with all of you.

  16. We were shocked to hear of Ron’s passing. I had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful man in 1999, in 2000, and later to be his guest in 2008 at the Lake.
    It has been a privilege to enjoy his presence, knowledge, and experience. Our memories of Ron will remain and be cherished forever.
    Our sincere condolences to Lynda, Julienne, and Ryan.

    The Netherlands,
    Rob, Anne-Marie, Lars and Renzo Brinkman

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