Walter Olson, age 81, of Barnesville, MN died in Eventide Nursing Home in Moorhead, MN on Saturday, January 8, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at Dobmeier Funeral Home in Barnesville, MN with Rev. Chris Leach officiating. Burial will follow in City Cemetery in Barnesville, MN.
Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the funeral service.
Walter Kalmer Olson Jr. was born on June 24, 1940, to Walter Kalmer Olson Sr. and Calma Joann (Venstad) Olson in South St. Paul, MN. At the age 2 he moved with his mother and siblings to Barnesville, MN. He attended school in Barnesville. Following school Walter began working. During his lifetime he worked at SilverLine Boats in Moorhead, MN for several years. He also worked as a janitor at the Barnesville School and eventually the West Central Turkey Plant in Pelican Rapids.
On November 2, 1961, Walter was united in marriage to Joan Olson in Moorhead, MN. The couple made their home in Pelican Rapids and in 1972 moved to Barnesville, MN. Walter loved his family and enjoyed all the grandchildren's sporting events. Through the years, he spent time in the garden, shooting hoops with his kids in the driveway, and fishing. He and Joan enjoyed traveling, restaurants, casino visits, dancing, and Elvis. Walter will be remembered for his quick sense of humor, his quirky comments, and being light-hearted.
Walter is survived by three children: Judi Hudson of Fargo, Tony Olson, of Barnesville, MN, Sandra (Cory) Ly of Moorhead; 12 grandchildren: Greg (Jessica Charging) Alonzo, Jason Alonzo, Tracy (Matt) Douglass, Patricia Olson, Austin Hudson, Kaia Hudson, Monica Almanza, Olivia Almanza, Terry (Sam) Olson, Kortni Olson, Cassandra (Brett Langston) Linderman, Richie Linderman, Cody (Emejin Belgrade) Ly and Colin Ly; 21 great grandchildren: Abby, Destiny, Anthony, David, Matthew Jr., Eva, Precious, Diamond, George, Natalia, Cortez, Javier, Catalina, Tylen, Tailey, Brayden, Cayden, Selina, Araseliz, Katyelis, and Alaura; siblings: Delores Canon of Sheboygan, WI, Joann Olson of Fosston, MN; brother-in-law, Vern Lahlum of Pelican Rapids, MN; and sister-in-law, Karen Lahlum of Pelican Rapids, MN; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Walter was preceded in death by his wife, Joan in 2003; two sons, Randy and Walter Olson; one daughter, Sherry Grandbois; and two grandchildren, Dylan and Ashley; his mother Calma Hanson, siblings: Morris Venstad, Gladys Moberg, Alice Olson, Betty Olson, Anna Nicklay, Caroline Olson and James Hanson.
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