Olson, Gilbert Edwin (1909-2011)

Gilbert Edwin Olson, 101, died on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls, MN.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at Westaker Free Lutheran Church in Newfolden, MN with Pastor Phil Rokke and Pastor Ollie Urdahl officiating. Casket bearers included Michael Ramsey, Jonathan Ramsey, Timothy Ramsay, Nathan Lindgren, Phillip Ramsey, Banjamin Ramsey and Rachel Malo. Interment was at Bethania Cemetery in the spring.

Gilbert Edwin Olson was born on October 4, 1909 to John and Annie Myrfield) Olson in rural Warren, MN, He attended country school in the Warren Area. He worked on various farms in the area as a young man.

Gilbert was united in marriage to Adeline Bengtson on July 21, 1935 in Thief River Falls, MN. The couple lived on the Bengtson farm and later bought a farm southwest of Newfolden, MN. They lived two years on the Iron Range. In 1956, they bought a farm north of Newfolden, MN, where Gilbert lived until 2006, when he moved into the Newfolden Apartments for two years, until moving to Valley Home in January 2009.

Gilbert sheared sheep for about 50 years, worked in potato harvest and Drayton Beet Plant. He was a kind and loving Dad. He enjoyed deer hunting and fishing, and was an excellent gopher trapper. He was a member of Bethania Lutheran Church and served on the church council. He loved and served the lord and was blessed with a long and happy life.

Gilbert is survived by two daughters: Elsie (Andy) Lindgren, Cass Lake, MN, Janice Ransey, Detroit Lakes, MN; five grandhildren, Rachel (Mark) Malo, Nathan (Carol) Lindgren, Michael (Tami) Ramsey, Jonathon (Christy) Ramsey, Timothy (Kim) Ramsey; 12 great-grandchildren, Michael and Jordan Malo, Tyler and Walker Gray, Phillip, Benjamin, Christopher, Mariah Ramsey. McKenna and Addison Ransey, Anna and Ella Ramsey; one sister, Lillian Miska, Alexandria, MN; sister-in-law, Marjorie Olson, Modesto,CA; and several nieces and nephews.

Gilbert was preceded in death by his wife, Adeline in 1997; parents; son-in-law, David Ramsey; Great-grandson Seth Ramsey; siblings, Gordon, Emma Peterson, James, Oscar, Freeman, Roy, Doris Hebert, Mabel Voytilla; and an infant sister.

Transcribed by:  Cheryl Srnsky