Joel E. Olson, 76, Moore, Oklahoma, formerly of Magnolia, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at his home.
A time of fellowship will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Luverne. Burial of cremains will be in the Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
Joel Olson was born March 7, 1941, to Eldor and Elizabeth (Jensen) Olson in Luverne. He graduated from Magnolia High School and later received his bachelor’s degree from Augustana University in 1964. He received his meteorology degree from Penn State. He served his country in the United States Army from 1966 to 1967.
Joel worked as a meteorologist, tracking tornadoes for the National Weather Service and the Severe Storm Center in Kansas City and later in Oklahoma City.
Joel was a member of the Luverne Masonic Lodge and the Retired Weatherman Association. He belonged to the Sierra Club and the Norman Oklahoma Citizens Climate Lobby. His activism led him to Washington, D.C., in order to lobby for environmental causes. He considered himself an environmentalist. He was an avid reader and enjoyed music, computers, golfing and playing (GO) competitively.
Joel is survived by his brother, Bruce (Barb) Olson, Magnolia; his sister-in-law Linda Olson, Laurel, Maryland; five nieces and nephews, Noël (Casey) Steinert, Holly (Doug) Forester, Eric Olson, Kris (Megan) Olson, and Kari (Kevin) Hirst; and six great-nieces and great-nephews, Cameron and Lauren Steinert, Emma and Bailey Olson, and Ian and Cole Hirst.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Leon Olson; a sister, Gayle Olson; and many uncles and aunts.
Arrangements were provided by Dingmann Funeral Home of Luverne, www.dingmannandsons.com.