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Craig Olson, 1953-2017

Craig “Oly” Olson, 64, of Fairmont, formerly of Mabel, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017, at his home.

Craig was born Jan. 30, 1953, in Spring Grove to Orvel and Rosie (Treangen) Olson. In 1971, he graduated from Mabel-Canton High School. He then attended Winona Technical School for sales and business. On April 27, 1974, he married Linda Amdahl at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel. They later divorced. Oly had several careers throughout his life. These included dairy farming; being a realtor for Key Reality in Winona; manager of Sahaptin Farms in Winona; driving a delivery truck for Pugsly, Gross IGA in Mabel; co-owner of Hometown Foods in Mabel; meat manager for Econofoods in Rochester, Cresco and Stewartville; and was a salesman for Affiliated Foods and later Mason Brothers before he retired.

Craig Olson

Oly was a member of the St. Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel. He was a former member of Mabel Fire Department, Mabel Business Association, Mabel EDA and the Rawhide Ropers. He served on the Mabel-Canton School Board and helped on the chain gang for football games. He loved his horses, dogs, cheering for his Dallas Cowboys and — especially — meeting new people.

Craig is survived by his two sons, Justin (Cassie) of Mabel and Logan (Michelle) of Fountain City, Wisconsin; five grandchildren, Justin, Alaina, Jackson, Alyvia and Colton; two sisters, Sandra (Bernie) Hurley of Harmony and Cheryl (Duane) McDougall of Glencoe; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two nieces; and his father and mother-in-law Bud and Dorothy Amdahl. 

A funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel. The Rev. Matt Fasnacht will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in rural Mabel. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at St. Olaf Catholic Church and one hour prior to services. A prayer service will be at 7 p.m.

Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel is assisting the family with arrangements.