Odin Elmer “Odie” Olson, 93, Minnetonka, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, of natural causes.
A celebration of life was Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Hopkins.
Odin Olson was born on March 6, 1924, to Olaf and Petra (Larson) Olson in Luverne. He graduated from Luverne High School in 1942 and from the University of Minnesota in 1945 with a degree in electrical engineering. He started a career in municipal engineering and worked most of his life with Pfeifer and Schultz /Henningson, Durham and Richardson (HDR, Inc). This included providing electrical consulting for the city of Luverne in power plant and electrical systems.
On June 11, 1949, he married Arlene Crawford in Winnebago.
Odie was a Navy veteran. He served during World War II as engineering officer aboard a destroyer.
Odie enjoyed fishing, hunting, skiing and golf. He especially enjoyed having the whole family at their cabin on Cedar Lake near Annandale and their Florida home in Ocala.
Odie is survived by three children, Diane (Chuck) Pickett, James (Lori) Olson, and Barbara (James) Gabbert; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene; three brothers, Alvin, Milton, and Oscar; and a sister, Emma Palmer.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the donor's choice.