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Garry E. Olson 1942-2010

Aug 17, 2010

Funeral service for Garry E. Olson of Ayrshire was Saturday, Aug. 14, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven. The Rev. Luther Thoreson officiated.

Burial was in Silver Lake Cemetery, Ayrshire. The Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.

On Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, Garry passed away at Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg. He was 68.

Garry Ellsworth Olson was born April 1, 1942, the son of Harold and Cleo (Darr) Olson in Emmetsburg. Garry attended Ayrshire Community Schools. Following his education, Garry worked as a welder in Laurens, Pocahontas and Emmetsburg.

On Dec. 28, 1963, Garry was married Janice Kathman, and to this union, two children, Jill and Troy, were born.Later in life, Garry was united in marriage to Mary Moore on July 25, 1997.

Garry worked for Morris Durnell for many years and stayed working through the progression of that business into SkyJack, Mfg. After retiring, Garry and his wife, Mary, opened the Ayrshire Café.

Garry spent many hours woodworking, and donated numerous rocking horses to local charities and fundraisers. Garry enjoyed singing, telling jokes, fishing and horseback riding. He also liked to restore cars and antique tractors.  Above all, Garry loved spending time with his family and friends.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Mary of Ayrshire;  two children:  Jill Williamson (Doug) and Troy Olson (Julie), all of Ruthven;  six step-children:  Rose Logan (John) of Estherville, Theresa Gravil of Missouri, Michael Clark of Colorado, Kelly Moore (Barb) of Garner, NC, Corinda Walker (Jon) of Emmetsburg and Kurt Moore (Dawn) of Ayrshire;  a brother, Vernon Olson (Susan) of Dickens;  seven grandchildren;  one great-granddaughter;  13 step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.

 He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Raymond.

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