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Leonard Olson


June 14, 2016

Feb. 14, 1921 - June 13, 2016

Leonard Olson, 95, of Sweet Home died June 13, 2016 at home.

He was born Feb. 14, 1921 to Oscar and Daisy Jamison Olson in Frederick, S.D. He was an identical twin and one of 14 children.

Mr. Olson married the love of his life, Frances E. Hill on March 6, 1941 in Ellendale, N.D. The Olsons made their home in Sweet Home since 1946 after moving from Aberdeen, S.D. They started Olson’s TV and Radio and operated it from 1954 until their retirement in 1985.

Mr. Olson was a highly artistic man of many talents and over the years excelled in art, golf and woodworking. He also had a knack for being able to fix just about anything. He had a lifelong love of country music that he acquired growing up in a large farm family.

After their retirement, the Olsons enjoyed attending activities and sporting events of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren and “treasure hunting” at garage sales, swap meets and flea markets.

He also enjoyed a good game of cards or dominoes and played regularly with friends and family into his 90s. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

Mr. Olson is survived by his wife of 75 years, Frances Olson; two sons, Leon and daughter-in-law Sandra Olson of Sweet Home and Leonard Jr. and daughter-in-law Terrie Olson of Springfield; two daughters, Leota DeManette of Lake Oswego and Pamela and son-in-law Steve Hamer of Apple Valley, Calif.; two brothers, Kermit Olson of Lakeside, Calif. and Jim Olson of Aberdeen, S.D.; sister Alice Hopfinger of Aberdeen S.D.; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by seven brothers, Howard, Wendell, Lawrence (his twin), Don, Eldon, Norman and Clifford Olson; three sisters, Ruby Backous, Helen Garrett and Evelyn Hersom.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


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