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Russell E. Olson 1911-2011

Jul 14, 2011

SPENCER — Funeral service for Russell Olson was Tuesday, July 12, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencer. Pastor C. Peter Maisenbach officiated.

Burial was in Silver Lake Cemetery, Ayrshire. Military services were conducted by members of Ayrshire American Legion ?Post #173. The Warner Funeral Home, Spencer, was in charge of arrangements.

Russell Edwin Olson, the son of Swan Peter and Amanda (Wigert) Olson, was born Nov. 20, 1911 in Ayrshire. His childhood years were spent in the Ayrshire area, where he received his education in country schools. Following his schooling, he began farming near Ruthven. He entered the military and served with the U.S. Army during WWII from 1942 until his honorable discharge in January of 1946.

Russell married Mabel Arlene Swanson on Feb. 27, 1947 in Emmetsburg. Following his marriage, he farmed in the Ayrshire area, until 1975, when he retired and moved to Estherville. In 2003, he moved to Spencer. He enjoyed playing golf and played his last game at the age of 91. Russell especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren and great grandchildren’s sporting events.

He passed away at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at the age of 99 years, 7 months and 20 days.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mabel in 1994; and his brothers and sisters: Axel Olson, Daisy Petersen, Ellen Ricklefs, Carl Olson, Ted Olson, Mildred Olson, Anna Dyer and Harold Olson.

Left to cherish his memory are his two daughters: Nancy Ketelsen and her husband, John of West Bend and Patsy Terveer and her husband, John of Brandon, SD; six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren: Chris Terveer and Genna Terveer and their children: Emma and Cade, Warren and Nikki Terveer and their children: Lake, Aftyn and Kinsley, Kent Terveer, Jacque and her husband, Nathan Gonseth and their children: Derek, Coral and Ben, Kevin and Nicole Ketelsen and their children: Tatum, Lawton and Avery, Jay and Katie Ketelsen; one sister, Florence Root of Spencer; other relatives and friends.