With great sadness the family announces the sudden passing of our loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, John Olson, who passed way early Friday morning, July 10, 2015.
He was born April 23,1932 to Albert and Nancy Olson in Glenwood, AB. John was united in marriage to his loving wife and soulmate, Mildred, on Nov. 24,1958 in the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints in Bergland, ON. Following their marriage they made their way west to Cardston, AB, the area where John originally came from and his parents lived.
In March of 1959, John and Mildred and tiny daughter, Karen, moved back to Bergland where they took over her father’s farm. John was a man who loved to work on his own to try new things and to improve on the different ways of doing things.
Working the land and nature was a part of John and he enjoyed the hard work and the knowledge that he gained. He came from a large family with limited means so as soon as he was able to get on the back of a horse with the aid of a fence rail, he was helping neighbouring ranchers with rounding up cattle, milking cows, haying, hauling grain and what ever had to be done.
He was a willing, working kid and they knew who to ask whenever an extra hand was needed. He didn’t earn much in those days but every penny was important. He worked one summer vacation for a rancher doing all the chores that needed doing in hopes of earning enough for a pair of shoes for school in the fall. It came time to get paid and the rancher told him the knowledge that he gained was enough and that he shouldn’t have to pay any money, so no money for shoes!
A few years later he got a job with the CPR on the section and then foreman, but the day-to-day labour was not for John so he ventured on to Atikokan in its heyday and worked for Steep Rock as a cliff wall scaler. He worked for Paddy Harrison Construction as well.
On a trip to Bergland to visit his cousins, he met his future wife. His talents were many but wood carving was exceptional and his carvings are in many parts of the world. Astronomy, history and science were some of his interests. He was a wise ,gentle, loving, and compassionate man. He loved his family and was so loved by them.
He leaves to mourn his loss, his loving wife, Mildred, of almost 57 years; his pride and joy his family, including daughter Karen (Paul) Kelly of Hinton, AB; son, Erik, of Mackenzie, B.C; daughters, Cheryl (Jack) Close of Gilbert, AZ and Myrna (Todd) Erickson of Hinton, AB; his grandchildren (Karen’s) Terra (Evan) Wolski of Brandon, MB, Michelle (Blake) Coughlin of Hinton, AB, Ashlea McDavid of Prince George, B.C., Brendan of Hinton, AB, (Cheryl’s) Shawn of Peyton, CO, Tyler, Justin and Austin of Gilbert, AZ, and (Myrna’s) Rob (Nicolle), Steph (Cody), and Danny all of Hinton, AB.
They are joined by great-grandchildren, Maggie, Amy, Dainnon, twins Jade and Troy, Talyn, Josh, Jace, Kerstyn, and Aiden.
He is also survived by his siblings, Harold (Jean) Hilda, Esther (Ron) Wenchowski, Georgina Steffler, Rex (Betty) Susan Riehl, Chris, Bruce and Bonnie (Octave) De Smet, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Nancy; his brother, David; and his in-laws, Petter and Karen Larsen.
Funeral services will be held at the Bergland Community Hall on Sunday, July 19 at 3 p.m. Interment will be in the Bergland Cemetery.
Honourary pallbearers will be Charles Gate, Gary Ferrin and Dave McDougall.
Active pallbearers will be friends Glenn Anderson, John Anderson, Dale Johnsrud, Robert Kreger, Lloyd Moen, and Reg Weeks.
If desired memorial donations may made to the charity of your choice.
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My tribute to my cherished husband…

The examples you set, the lessons you teach
The strong helping hands that were always in reach
The fears that you calmed, the doubts you erased
The tears that you dried on an unhappy face
The firmness that was needed when boundaries were crossed
The lengths that you went to, no matter the cost
Our family is stronger—you’ve set us apart
You keep us and hold us close to your heart
and the love that you gave, is the greatest by far
of the reasons I cherish the Good Man You are
My everlasting love, your wife….