Elmer Olson, 89, of Wadena, MN passed away April 27, 2012 at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena.
Elmer was born on May 15, 1922 in Sebeka to Lars and Anna (Gulickson) Olson. He was raised on the family homestead northeast of Bluegrass in North Germany Township and attended rural school.
Elmer served in the US Navy from 1942 to 1946 in the South Pacific aboard the USS Zuni, in Hawaii and in New Caledonia.
On April 20, 1946 Elmer was united in marriage to Doris Grose of Parkers Prairie at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wadena. Their marriage was blessed with two children.
Elmer worked in construction with his brother in Sandy, OR and then in Wadena for Olson Construction. In 1966, Elmer and Doris opened Elmer’s Paint and Glass in downtown Wadena. Elmer turned the business over to his son in 1987 and continued to play an active role during the summer and fall until 2000.
Elmer and Doris enjoyed spending time at their lake home on Big Pine Lake and at their Canadian get-a-way on the Lake of the Woods. Beginning in 1987, they sought the sun in Arizona. For 20 years, they spent their winter months in their home at Mesa, AZ. Elmer enjoyed his family, friends, golf, travel and a good life.
Elmer was very involved in the Wadena community in many ways. He served on the Fire Department for 22 years and was secretary/treasurer and chief during this time. He was a member of the Wadena Elks, the VFW, and Chamber of Commerce. He has been a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church since 1946.
Elmer is survived by his wife Doris, his children Joyce Duncan of Maplewood, Dennis (Jeanne) Olson of Wadena, and grandson Kevin Olson. He was preceded in death by his parents Lars and Anna; brothers Edwin, Oscar, and Lester; and sisters Alice and Olive.
Memorial services will be held on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wadena, with Pastor Marilyn Breckenridge officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be the current and retired members of the Wadena Fire Department. Inurnment will be in the Minnesota Veteran’s Cemetery by Little Falls, MN.