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Roger Olson, 1933-2019

Memorial services for Roger E. Olson of Glenville will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Dwight Netzer will officiate. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery at a later date. Military honors will be accorded by Albert Lea veterans organizations. Visitation will be one hour before services at the church.  Bonnerup Funeral Service is assisting with arrangements.

Roger Olson

Roger was born June 14, 1933, in Albert Lea, the son of Chester M. and A. Matie (Ackland) Olson. He was an Albert Lea High School graduate and attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Roger served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, receiving his honorable discharge in 1955.

He was united in marriage to Nadiene C. Dale on April 24, 1955, at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. 

Roger owned and operated Emil Olson Inc. Road Construction and was a partner in Emil Olson & Sons for more than 38 years before retirement. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea.

Roger’s talents and dreams came to life as he had opportunity to build a house in Hawaii — an experience like none other.

Roger is survived by his wife, Nadiene; children Michael K. Olson of Colleyville, Texas, Nancy K. (Daniel) Wrolson of Colleyville, Carrie M. (David) Paulson of Glenville and Philip C.D. (Laura) Olson of Burnsville; grandchildren Lauren (Dusty Driscoll) Olson,  Lamar (Natalie) Olson, Paul Wrolson, Emily Wrolson, Isaac (Sara) Paulson, Benjamin (Vanessa) Paulson and Nicholas Olson and Ellen Olson; and great-grandchildren Oliver, Darby, Calvin, Waylon and Adalie “Addi”; sister Kathleen Olson;  brother Mark Olson; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Chester and Matie Olson and sisters M. Martha Olson and Margretta Morgenson.

Roger was very proud of his homestead; he truly saw it as a gift from the Lord and felt he lived in a little piece of paradise. Roger will be remembered as a very generous man, selflessly giving to others.

The family would like to thank Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea Hospice and Sylvia Ortiz for the amazing and kind care they gave  their husband, dad and grandpa.