The Free Press, Mankato, MN


March 16, 2012

Wayne Olson

—   Wayne Olson, age 84, of St. James, died on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN.

  Funeral services will be 10:30am, Monday, March 19, 2012 at First Lutheran Church in St. James with Rev. Ken Bowman officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery with military honors provided by the St. James Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James and one hour before services at the church on Monday.

  Memorials may be directed to Ducks Unlimited.You may send the family condolences online at:

  Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.

  Wayne Everett Olson was born June 26, 1927, near Ormsby, MN, the son of John

& Mattie (Peterson) Olson. He grew up in Crookston and St. James where he graduated from high school. Wayne served in the Navy. When he returned home from the service he worked at the bottling company for a short time before going to work for the telephone company where he worked until he retired in 1983. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church, American Legion and the Rotary Club. Wayne enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, watching sports, socializing with family and friends and the "shopping experience.

  He is survived by his nephews Dave Olson of St. James, Steve & Cindy Olson

of Shoreview, niece; Sheryl & Steve Paulson of Minnetonka, grand nieces &

nephews; Cassandra Fohrman of Rochester, Eric Olson of Fridley, Lauren

Paulson of Minnetonka, Lindsay Paulson of Minnetonka, great-grand niece &

nephew; Adrian Fohrman and Elizabeth Fohrman. He is preceded in death by his

parents, brother; J.A. "Umpy" Olson and a niece Dianne Ficenko.

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