Stanley was born to hard-working Iowans of Swedish and Pennsylvania-Dutch descent, Otto and Marie Sibley Olson on Feb. 25, 1933. He grew up on his parents' farm, graduated from Ruthven Consolidated School, spent two years in the U.S. Army from March 1, 1953 to February 1, 1955, serving one year in Korea.
He was united in marriage to Margaret Mason on Oct. 30, 1955 and to this union two children were born. Stanley owned and operated Lazy "O" Farm Supply on their family farm for more that 40 years. His business of selling was his hobby and his customers and friends attributed to his success.
For the last 12 years, he spent the winter months at his home in Arizona. He loved sitting on the patio enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery and warm weather.
Stanley was a member of the United Methodist Church, serving in many capacities and took pride in being "head usher" for 50-plus years.
Left to remember his life is his wife, Margaret; a son, Kent Olson (Rhonda) of Spencer; a daughter, Kay Roberts-Arbuckle (Dan) of Surprise, Ariz; nieces: Darla Nicholson of Ukiah, Calif., LeJean Nicholson Anderson (David) of Fargus Falls, Minn., and Robin Barber (Duane) of Spencer; nephews: Craig Nicholson (Kimberly) of Fort Worth, Texas, Kit Nicholas (Pamela) of Park Ridge, Ill., and Tim Pierson (Judy) of Aberdeen, S.D.; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Pierson (Don) of Spencer.
He dearly loved his six grandchildren: Ali Goharbawang of Tuscon, Ariz., Reya Goharbawang of Surprise, Ariz., step-grandchildren: Jillian DeYoung of Spencer, Jan DeYoung of Tempe, Ariz., and Tiffany and Stephanie Roberts of Surprise, Ariz.
His parents and stepmother, Clara Anderson Olson; a sister, Wanda Olson Nicholson Bjornstad; and a brother-in-law, E.H. Mason preceded Stanley in death.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2011, at the United Methodist Church in Ruthven.