Raymond S. Olson, 95 of Thief River Falls, MN passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls with his loving family by his side.
Graveside services with military honors will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery on November 28, 2020, with Rev. Kristin Ostercamp officiating. Memorial services will be held in the spring. Military honors will be provided by the Ecklund-Holmstrom American Legion Post 117, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2793, and United States Navy Honor Guard.
Raymond Sigvild Olson was born November 23, 1924, in Norden Township, Pennington County, MN the son of Albert S. and Martha (Ordahl) Olson. He was baptized and confirmed at Oak Ridge Lutheran Church. Raymond attended the Roosevelt Country School in Numedal Township and graduated from Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls with the class of 1942.
On July 25, 1944, Raymond entered into service with the United States Navy. He served as Leading Petty Officer aboard the USS LSM-376, was wounded 21 times throughout his tour of duty, and Honorably Discharged on July 25, 1946. He was Honorably Discharged from the Naval Reserves on July 25, 1954.
On December 13, 1947, he was united in marriage to Ardith Anne Pederson at her parents’ home. To this union, 5 children were born: Karen, James, Dale, Susan, and Julie. The couple settled on a farm in Numedal Township where they tended dairy cattle and farmed small grains. Raymond enjoyed his farm life.
Raymond was a member of the Oak Ridge Lutheran Church; served on Numedal Township Board, was President and Vice-president of Pennington County Soil & Water Conservation District, Farmers Union Elevator Board for 45 years, Disabled American Veterans, a life member of Ecklund-Holmstrom American Legion Post 117 and a life member of VFW Post 2793 and Order of the Cooties.
Survivors include his children, Karen Maier of Emerado, ND, James (Barb) Olson of Watertown, SD, Dale (Darla) Olson of Thief River Falls, Susan Vehar of Evanston, WY and Julie (Ken) Kalsnes of Thief River Falls; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Ardith; parents; and siblings, Gertrude, Maynard, Adeline, Margaret, Rudolph, Clifford, John Albert “Jackie”.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made in Ray’s honor to VFW Post 2793 for disabled veterans.