Olson, Keith LeRoy (1930-2006)

Keith Olson, 76, died Saturday, December 23, 2006 at Northwest Medical Center, Thief River Falls, MN.

Funeral service will be 2 PM, Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Holt, MN with Reverend Gary Johnson officiating. Burial will be at the Holt Cemetery, Holt, MN.

Visitation will be 4 – 7 PM, Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, MN with a 7 PM prayer service and for one hour prior to service at the church, Wednesday.

Keith LeRoy Olson was born November 6, 1930 in Scottsbluff, NE, the son of Paul Corneilieus and Vera Viola (Magner) Olson. He was baptized as an adult in 1953 and confirmed at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, MN. He grew up in Scottsbluff, NE and would visit the aunts and uncles in Newfolden, MN. He attended school in Nebraska and attended school in Newfolden for 1 year.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force at age 17, took his basic training at San Antonio, TX and was stationed 2 years at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. In 1952, Keith was honorably discharged.

On June 1, 1953, Keith was united in marriage to Vivian Viola Peterson at Holt. The couple made their home in Thief River Falls for the first 10 years and then moved to Holt, where they have since resided. Keith worked for the Soo Line Railroad for 3 years, at Hartz Warehouse for 20 years and at Hydramac until his retirement.

Keith served on the Holt City Council and was a member of the American Legion and life member of the VFW. He enjoyed bingo, traveling to Vegas with the family, grilling, cleaning and cooking. He liked the outdoors and was a Minnesota Twins and Viking fan. He especially liked being with family.

Keith is survived by wife Vivian, Holt, MN; 9 children: Vickie (Bruce) Bjorgaard, Thief River Falls, MN, Terry (Sandy) Olson, Thief River Falls, MN, Suzie (Vincent) Larson, Viking, MN, Kathy (special friend, Leroy Norstebon), Thief River Falls, MN, Tammy Martin, Thief River Falls, MN, Donnie (Sue) Olson, Holt, MN, Jimmy Olson, Thief River Falls, MN, Kelly (Darin) Stanley, Thief River Falls, Kim (Brian) Peterson, Thief River Falls, MN; grandchildren: Holly Bjorgaard, Jody and Chad Olson, Heather and Maria Larson, Amy Petrovich, Mya Eidelbes, Shannon, Shayne and Jamie Martin, Nikki, Jordan, and Samantha Olson, and Beth Comstock, Joseph and Jacob Olson, Lee Peterson and Brady and Chelsey Stanley; great grandchildren: Maddie, Brea, Gaige, Savannah, Andrew, Hayden, Hailey, Emily, Tristin, Isaiah and Ivy;; 2 sisters: Joyce (Ben) Schaub, Gering, NE and Gertie (Dave) Rahmig, Gering, NE; brother, Kenneth Olson, Apache Junction, AZ; aunt: Lucille Skadsem, Newfolden, MN; 2 uncles: Dale Magner, Thief River Falls, MN and Gaylord Magner, International Falls, MN and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by dad Paul Olson, and mother Vera Pyle, ½ brother Enos Olson, and a sister Eunice.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky