Edward (Ken) Olson, 71, of 137 Sixth St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.
He was born March 12, 1933 in Bergland, Ont. to the late Godfrey and Mary Olson. On Aug. 11, 1954, Ken was united in marriage to the former Donalda Patterson.
He worked as a correctional officer at the Fort Frances district jail for 25 years until his retirement.
Throughout the years, Ken received a great deal of enjoyment from his hunting, trapping, fishing, and the outdoors in general. At home, whether it was in Bergland or Fort Frances, he also enjoyed gardening.
Ken participated with enthusiasm within his church and its activities. He also loved family outings, as his family meant a great deal to him. Ken was truly a devoted family man who cared for family as well as everyone who he knew.
He was predeceased by one son, Dan William Olson; one grandson, Lesly William Douglas Wagner; and one brother, Lloyd Olson.
Ken is survived by his wife, Donalda Olson of Fort Frances, Ont.; three sons, Kenneth Olson and wife, Jo, and Douglas Olson and wife, Patsy, all of Fort Frances, Ont., and Kurtis Olson and wife, Val, of Tupelo, Miss.; and four daughters, Debra and husband, Donald Wagner, of Fort Frances, Ont., Katherine and husband, George Nyberg, of Cass Lake, Mn., Dawn Olson of Baudette, Mn., and Kaylene and husband, Bob Johnson, of Bergland, Ont.
He also is survived by two brothers, Robert Olson and wife, Jo, of Kamloops, B.C., and Richard Olson and wife, Elmerna, of Sparwood, B.C.; four sisters, Geraldine and husband, Bill Bruce, of Sparwood, B.C., Phyllis and husband, Brown Kaplar, and Marilyn and husband, Clay Coulson, all of Provo, Utah, and Evelyn and husband, Leonard Rencher, of Bergland, Ont.; and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Bergland. President Daniel Davis will officiate, with interment in the Bergland Cemetery in Bergland, Ont.
Friends may visit from 1 until 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Bergland.
The pallbearers will be Kenneth E. Olson, Douglas G. Olson, Kurtis W. Olson, George M. Nyberg, Donald D. Wagner, and Robert A. Johnson.
Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, c/o Mr. Charles Gate, R.R.#1, Sleeman, Ont., P0W 1M0.