Robert (Bob) L. Olson
February 5, 1939 ~ September 22, 2012
Robert Lee (Bob) Olson was born on February 5, 1939, to Oscar and Edith (Huston) Olson in Webster, SD. He was raised on the family farm near Holmquist, SD. Later he attended and graduated from Roslyn High School. Bob then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Germany for about 2 years. Upon his return Bob settled in the Aberdeen area where he worked for over 27 years at the John Morrell plant before it closed. He also raised his three children there. In 1998 Bob relocated to Brandon to pursue a floor refinishing business called Olson Flooring.
Robert was an active member of the Brandon Lutheran Church. He could be found volunteering for all kinds of projects around the church including ushering, making lefse, participating in Men’s Group and Bible studies, and resurfacing the wood floors in the front of the sanctuary. Bob was known to be a jokester and was always teasing someone or telling a funny story. His laugh was infectious and people just enjoyed being around him. He was also deeply committed to the Brandon V.F.W. Post 4726 serving as a member of the Honor Guard for fallen colleagues and in the Color Guard for parades, football games, and other events. In earlier years Bob loved to fish and went on several trips in search of the “big one.” Later years were filled with cherished time with his grandchildren of whom he was very proud. Bob was also a faithful member of his coffee buddies’ group. Sadly, Bob died on Saturday, September 22, 2012, at his home in Brandon, SD.
Bob is survived by his three children, Bryan (Stephanie) Olson, Sioux Falls; Deann Olson, Omaha, NE; and Alissa Olson, Omaha, NE; five grandchildren, Jacob, Annie, Brenna, Ellie, and Finley Olson; two brothers, Magnus Olson, Brookings; and Franklin (JoAnne) Olson, Pierpont; and two sisters, Alice (Don) Anderson, Sioux Falls; and Julia (Dale) Hagen of Indianola, IA.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Edith Olson, and two brothers, William and Russell Olson.