February 19, 1936 - August 30, 2017
Gerald Olson, 81, of Menomonie, WI, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire surrounded by his loving family. For the past 22 years Gerry suffered a long and courageous battle with health issues; especially the last two and a half years. Gerald Oscar Olson was born on February 19, 1936, in Claire City, South Dakota, to Oscar and Rosine (Brandell) Olson, the fourth of six children. Gerry graduated from Sisseton, SD High School in 1954 and then moved to the Minneapolis area, where he worked briefly for General Mills and then the 3M Corporation in St. Paul. In 1957, Gerry married Phlayne Vig of Veblen, SD, and they made their home in Minneapolis and later Bloomington, MN. Three daughters were born to this marriage: Roxanne Rae, Renee Lynn, and Nancy Jo. In 1974, Gerry earned a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from the University of Minnesota, after many years of night classes while working full time. Also, in that year, Gerry and Phlayne moved their family to Menomonie, where Gerry was involved in the starting up of a new manufacturing facility for 3M; a company for which he proudly worked for 34 years. Gerry was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran, where he also served as a member on the Church Council, and was a member of the Menomonie Lions Club for over 40 years. One of Gerry’s great joys, in addition to spending time with his family, was to attend the Menomonie High School football games on Friday nights. He was a great fan of the Mustangs and loved to talk about their successes and many championships over the years. Gerry will always be remembered for his keen sense of humor, which was somewhat hidden by his quiet demeanor. However; when it was his turn to talk, his dry wit would always come through. In addition to his wife, Phlayne, of 60 years, Gerry is survived by his three daughters, Roxanne (Robert) Carruthers of Kankakee IL, Renee (Alix) Hiel of Blaine MN, and Nancy (David) Jensen of Wausau WI; nine grandchildren, Sarah (Chuck) Ocenasek, Amy, Ryan, and Jenna Carruthers, Alyssa Hiel, and Tyler, Matt, Katie, and Cody Jensen; one sister, Dianne Gilbertson (Duane), and sister-in-law Dorothy Olson.Gerry was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Marion Tilden, Jean Wannop, Karen Stansbury, and his brother James Olson.. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Sarah Miller officiating. There will be visitation from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Gerald Olson, 81, of Menomonie, WI, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire surrounded by his loving family. For the past 22 years Gerry suffered a long and courageous battle with health issues; especially... View Obituary & Service Information
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