Carroll R. Olson 1933-2015
A visitation for Carroll R. Olson of Emmetsburg will be held Friday, Dec. 11, at the Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg from 4 to 7 p.m. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
January 26, 1933 saw snow in the air in the Huxley and Ames area as Tom and Clara (Ronning) Olson welcomed their second son, Carroll Ronnie at Mary Greeley Hospital, Ames. Carroll had an older brother, Tom who also welcomed him, along with his Uncle, Nels. Carroll spent his formative years in Huxley, until his family moved to Tacoma, WA where his father worked at a school during WW II. His brother, Tom, a combat engineer, was fighting the Germans, under Gen. Patton in the European Theater. Memories of this time shaped him as he grew to be an adult. After the war, the Olsons moved back to Emmetsburg where Carroll graduated with the E’burg Class of ’51. It was during this time, he met the love of his life the lady who would take his breath away for the next 62 years Wilma Osborn. Wilma was a cheerleader at Cylinder High, and while she drew the eyes of many a teenage boy, she only had eyes for Carroll.
Carroll joined the Air Force, as part of the 55th Wing SAC, Offutt, AFB after graduating from high school. On July 16, 1953, two months after Wilma graduated from Cylinder, Carroll married his sweetheart at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Depew. The weather in Iowa on the evening of that July 16th was 85 and the church was 100 degrees yet, because his bride thought he was so handsome in his Air Force dress blues (100% wool), he wore them proudly! After saying, ‘I do’, the new ‘Mr. and Mrs. Olson’ left for Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX where Airman 1st Class Olson assumed his duties as an aircraft mechanic. The Air Force moved them from Wichita Falls, to Amarillo and then to Topeka, KS where they welcomed their first daughter, Debra Ann on May 18, 1955. In 1957, Staff Sgt. and Mrs. Olson made the decision to leave the Air Force and return to Iowa to farm the Olson family farm outside Ottosen. The house was modernized to welcome Debbie and her sister, Diane Kristie, who joined the family on Aug. 4, 1957. A special birthday surprise occurred on Jan. 26, 1959 when daughter number three joined the family Denise Lynn. After the birth of his third daughter, Carroll was heard to remark, he was going to get a dog that way he could have his male! As many farmers of that era, Carroll sold Tomco seed corn, as well as Archer Oil. Proud of his tomatoes, he was always on the quest of the biggest, tastiest and juiciest varieties and was always ready to try the newest hybrids. The first time he planted Beefsteaks, he proclaimed them ‘really big, but not much taste’.
Growing up as an Olson, meant summer vacations. The family visited friends they had made while in the Air Force, as well as family throughout the U.S. They traveled by car and pick-up camper always ready for the open road. Carroll farmed until 1973, when the decision was made to sell the farm. Prior to that, he started to drive school bus for the West Bend Community School District eventually becoming Bus Superintendent. The summer of 1973, the family moved to West Bend, where Carroll continued his work with the school. In 1975, he joined the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Department, serving as a Deputy for Sheriff Joe Girres. He served Palo Alto County proudly in this role for over six years. Upon leaving the Sheriff’s Office, Carroll began the next chapter of his employment, which would lead him to work at various local convenience stores, including Four Sons/ Kum & Go in Emmetsburg and the Graettinger Country Store for the next 20 years.
He lived to proudly walk all three of his daughters down the aisle, greet three grandsons and four granddaughters, as well as three great-granddaughters and two great-grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Clara; his Uncle Nels; wife, Wilma on Nov. 6, 2015; sister-in-law, Rosemary Olson; mother and father-in law, Ethel and Earl (Shorty) Osborn; and brother-in-law, Jon Osborn.
Carroll Olson passed away Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, at Lakeside Lutheran Home in Emmetsburg.
He is survived by his brother Tom, Aurora, CO; daughters and sons-in-law, Deb and Gordon Sellers, Hawarden, and their children and grandchildren, James and Brenda Sellers, Elk Point, SD and daughters Emma and Anna, Thomas and Sarah Sellers, Hawarden; Diane Clasing and her significant other, Bobbie Steger, Emmetsburg, and her children and grandchildren, Kris and Dustin Palmer, Ames, and son Devin, Kari and Andy Pelkner, Omaha, NE and children Camden and Elodie and Kourtney Clasing, Ames; Denise and Tim Micklos, Jackson, MN and their children, Megan and her fianc, Casey Heser, Jackson, MN and Joe Micklos, Jackson, MN. Brother-in-law Bruce Osborn, Cylinder, sister-in-law Sherri (Osborn) Bredehoeft and her husband, John, Emmetsburg; nephew Tom Olson and his wife Bonnie, Santa Fe, NM, niece Kris Falde, Aurora, CO. and niece Sigrid Olson, Albuquerque, NM.
He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Emmetsburg and VFW Post 2295, Emmetsburg.