Marvin Howard Olson, age 82, of Crookston, MN, died late Saturday evening, April 27, 2013, at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND.
Marvin was born at Crookston on February 4, 1931, and was the son of Conrad and Mary (Demarais) Olson. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school.
After working for his father for several years on the farm, he entered the US Army on March 18, 1952. Marvin was sent overseas with the lst Engineers Battalion, Company D, to serve in Korea during the Korean War. He was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal-Korea and the National Defense Service Medal for his devotion to his country and honorably discharged on February 20, 1954.
Marvin then returned home to the farm, and on June 7, 1958 was united in marriage to Lorraine Wichterman Trickey at Fisher, MN. Marvin became father to Lorraine's three children from her first marriage: Gregory, Daniel, and Susan Trickey, and Lorraine and Marvin’s union was blessed by the births of 3 children: Kevin, Lori Anne, and Darrin. The family settled on their farm in Kertsonville Township, where they initially grew hay, raised sheep, and had a small herd of milking cows. In the 1960's Marvin expanded his farming operation to include small grains.
Additionally throughout his working career he trucked for Haugen Enterprises, was employed at American Crystal Sugar for several campaign seasons, and drove a semi for E.W. Wylie Co. hauling beets to the factory from area weigh stations. In 1966, with the help of his father-in-law and an uncle, he built his family a new home on their farm. On November 17, 1973 Marvin and Lorraine lost their son, Kevin, to cancer. He was just 13 years-old at the time. Marvin retired from farming after the 1992 crop was harvested, turning the operation over to his son, Darrin. He continued to help out for several years, with harvest time being his favorite part of the year. Sadly, after struggling with heart disease for several years, Lorraine passed away on January 12, 2009.
Marvin was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception parish, Crookston VFW Post #1902, and Crookston Eagles Aerie #873. He was a longtime member of the Kertsonville Town Board and a Township Supervisor for many years. Marvin was very proud of his children and their accomplishments. He loved watching his grandchildren grow up; and always looked forward to time spent with the great-grandchildren. He enjoyed doing a bit of fishing; traveling with Lorraine to see their son, Greg, in Alabama; and making trips to other states around the country as well. Marvin will be very sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his family and friends.
Page 2 of 2 - He is survived by five children: Gregory (Elly) Trickey of Crane Hill, AL, Daniel Trickey of Mentor, MN, Susan Helgeson (fiance', Allen Wagner) of Crookston, MN, Lori Anne (Patrick) Gubbels of Baudette, MN, and Darrin (Stephanie) Olson of Crookston; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Marvin also leaves a sister, Clarice (Orlan) Stolaas of Oklee, MN; a brother, Dean Olson of Erskine, MN; 3 sisters-in-law, Elaine Moran, Adeline Wichterman, and Roma Wichterman; 2 brothers-in-law, Alvin Wichterman and Louis (Mae) Wichterman; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to his beloved wife of 50 years, Lorraine, he was preceded in death by his son, Kevin; son-in-law, Maurie Helgeson, who died on December 22, 2006; his parents, Conrad and Mary Olson; sister and brother-in-law, Pearl (Clifford) Delude; and sister-in-law, Mona Olson. May God bless Marvin's memory.
Mass of Christian Burial for Marvin Howard Olson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2013, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the funeral service. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
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