Robert Leo “Bob” Olson, 79, Beaver Creek, died Saturday, May 28, 2016, at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.
A funeral was Tuesday, May 31, at Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne. Burial followed at the Beaver Creek Cemetery.
Robert Olson was born Sept. 1, 1936, to Ole and Meta (Schneekloth) Olson in Beaver Creek, where he was raised and received his education through the eighth grade. Following his formal schooling, Bob worked as a carpenter for Gale Tower Construction for several years until the business closed. He then worked at Beaver Creek Lumber in town until his retirement in 2001. In September 2001 Bob became a resident of the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.
Bob served in the Minnesota National Guard for many years. He also served as a volunteer fireman for the Beaver Creek Fire Department from 1969 to 1999. He enjoyed pitching horseshoes and vegetable gardening, Bob played Santa Claus and was in charge of the July 4th fireworks display for many years. He was an avid Minnesota Twins, Vikings and Gophers fan and loved going fishing.
He is survived by his sister, Doris (Dick) Walters, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; a sister-in-law, Carol Olson, Sioux Falls; a brother, Stan (Connie) Olson, Beaver Creek; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ole and Meta Olson; four sisters, Helen Cramer, Norma Jauert-Severson; Esther Nelson and Vernice Aaker; and four brothers, Howard Olson, Leonard Olson, Merlyn Olson and Norman Olson.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.