Harold Raymond Olson

Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Harold Raymond Olson

Funeral service for Harold Raymond Olson, 102, were held Friday, June 19, 2009, at the United Methodist Church in Ayrshire. He passed away June 15, 2009, at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg. Burial was at Silver Lake Cemetery.

Harold Raymond Olson was born May 5, 1907 in the Polk County town of Burwick, Iowa, the son of Swan and Amanda (Vigert) Olson. He and his family moved to the Ayrshire area where he attended country school. On June 2, 1937, Harold was united in marriage to Cleo Darr at the United Methodist Church Parsonage in Ayrshire. The couple made their home southwest of Ayrshire where they raised their children.

Harold retired from farming in 1978, and he and Cleo moved to Ayrshire. Harold was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ayrshire. He served as the Grand Marshall of the Ayrshire Quasquicentennial in 2007.

Left to cherish his memory are his two sons: Vernon (Susan) of Dickens, IA and Garry (Mary) of Ayrshire; a brother, Russell of Spencer; sister, Florence Root of Spencer; eight grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Cleo in 1980; son, Raymond; three brothers: Axel, Carl and Ted; four sisters: Mildred Olson, Daisy Peterson, Anna Dyer and Ellen Ricklefs; and two infant grandsons: Jerry Lynn Olson and Vernon Olson, Jr.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Ayrshire. The Joyce Funeral Home handled arrgangements.