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Donald R. Olson

  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
  • Published in Obituaries

(7/23/12) Donald R. Olson, age 91, of Black River Falls died Saturday, July 21, 2012 in the Pine View Care Center in Black River Falls, WI. 

   He was born in Eau Claire, WI. on Jan. 26, 1921 to Martin B. and Tillie (Olfon) Olson. 

    Don graduated from Hixton High School.

    He served in the United States Army during WW II from July 3, 1941 until Sept. 20, 1945.  He was a parachutist, and he received the Purple Heart for wounds he received while in action in Holland in 1944.

    Don married Ruth J. Janke on Jan. 26, 1953 in Augusta, WI.  Following their marriage,the couple resided and farmed on Ruth's family farm in the Town of Garden Valley.

  They later moved to Black River Falls where Don worked as a painter at Fort McCoy.  He later became a letter carrier for the U. S. Postal Service in Black River Falls. He retired from the postal service.

    He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Black River Falls.

    Don enjoyed gardening, fishing, deer hunting, and helping-out  on  Dick and Joanne Holder's Farm.

    Surviving are two step daughters, LaDonna Humphrey, Eau Claire, Wi. and Bonnie (Joseph) Jacobson, Chippewa Falls, WI., 1-brother, Harold Olson, Northfield, WI., 1-sister, Helen Stevens, Mankato, Mn.,

2-step grandchildren, Barron and Tammy, 3-step great grandchildren, Isaiah, Jaxsyn "Mae", and Gracie Jo, and 1-step, great great grandson, Sebastian.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, on July 20, 2009, his parents, 2-brothers, Leonard and Victor, and one sister, Irene Jacobson.

    Funeral services for Donald R. Olson will be at 11 A.M. Saturday, July 28, 2012 at the Upper Pigeon Creek Lutheran Church, Hwy 121, Hixton, WI.  Pastor Steven Stork will conduct services and burial with military honors will be in the church cemetery.

    Relatives and friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10 A.M. until the time of services.

     Memorials may be given to St. John's Lutheran Church in Black River Falls.

    Torgerson's Funeral Home (715-284-4321) is assisting the family with arrangements.

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