Lyle Morris Olson
Lyle Morris Olson, 91, of Scanlon, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. He was born April 26, 1916, in Cloquet to Sivert and Tilla (Thompson) Olson. Lyle was one of 12 children. His family lived ...
Lyle Morris Olson, 91, of Scanlon, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. He was born April 26, 1916, in Cloquet to Sivert and Tilla (Thompson) Olson. Lyle was one of 12 children. His family lived in Cloquet until the fire in 1918. They lost their house and were force to live in Duluth for a short time. They moved to Scanlon in 1919 where he still resided. Lyle grew up and attended Scanlon School and graduated from Cloquet High School in the spring of 1935. After high school, he started work at what used to be known as Wood Conversion. He was united in marriage to Virginia Halliday on Nov. 29, 1940, in Cloquet. Lyle entered the armed services in May of 1941 where he spent four and one-half years fighting for his country. After returning from Europe, he was again called to action for the Korean Conflict where he spent two years. Upon returning from Korea, he built his house in Scanlon where he and his wife Virginia raised five children. Lyle had seven years active duty and 24 years in the Army reserves; he retired with the rank of First Sergeant. He also retired from the United States Post Office with 30 years of combined service. Lyle lived for golf, was an accomplished bridge player, was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Scanlon and served as Worthy Patron for the Eastern Star when his wife Virginia was Worthy Matron.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 64 years, Virginia; brothers and sisters, Minnie, David, Lief, Hilda, Sigvard, Norman, Ole, Anton, Signe and twin brother Lloyd; and a granddaughter, Mary Olson.
He is survived by four sons, Rodger (Faith) Olson of Grand Rapids, Steven (Gail) Olson of Blaine, William (Sirpa) Olson of Esko and Doug (Ginny) Olson of Scanlon; one daughter, Kathleen Johnson of Duluth; one sister, Beatrice Davis of Richland, Wash.; sister-in-laws, Helen Olson of Scanlon and Myrtle Olson of Cloquet; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Community Memorial Hospital and the I.C.U. staff, Dr. Vicki Anderson, and Chaplain Dennis Morreim for their special care.
Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet. The visitation resumed Saturday, Dec. 22, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service at Bethel Lutheran Church in Scanlon with the Rev. Joy Armstrong officiating. Music was provided by Tricia Peterson, soloist, and Sharalee Maslowski, pianist. Pallbearers were Rodger Olson, Steven Olson, William Olson, Doug C. Olson, Doug L. Olson and Tom Freeman. Honorary pallbearers were Rodger Olson Jr. and Jess E. Olson. Interment services were at Maple Grove Cemetery with full military honors presented by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard. A time of fellowship and luncheon followed in the church social hall.
The family has selected Nelson Funeral Care, Cloquet, (218) 879-3225, to assist them with arrangements. See their online guest book at www.legacy.com .
December 27, 2007
- Cloquet, Minn.