Gerald O. Olson


July 30, 1918 - February 9, 2014


Gerald O. Olson was born July 30, 1918 in Jericho, IA to Ole and Julia (Knutson) Olson. After high school Gerald started his welding career at Schwemle Machine Shop where he worked from 1940 until 1947 and farmed for several years. In 1952 he opened Olson Welding Shop in Letcher where he was in business for 40 years.  Retirement wasn’t for Gerald, so after he moved to Mitchell, he decided to build another repair shop and continue his work until he was 95.  Working was truly his hobby and visiting with his many friends as they stopped by for a quick job. Gardening was also a passion of his.

He is survived by his son, Gerald (Ole) Olson, Kent WA; four daughters:  Connie (Loris) Marsden, Covington, WA, Julie (Terry) Greene, Mitchell, Kayleen (Rick) Rust, Ravensdale, WA and Sandra (Randy) Collecchi, Auburn, WA; nine grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, eight greatgrandchildren, three step great-grandchildren, one brother, Clarence (Sally) Olson and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers:  Russell, Edward, Calvin and Arthur; mother of his children, Patricia Campbell Olson and a great-grandson, Bode Jackson.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Thursday, February 13, 2014
10:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church
500 E 5th
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Vicky Vermeulen Mayrose on February 13, 2014
Julie, Jerry, Connie, Casey, Sandy, and families,
I was sorry to hear of the loss of your dad, my condolscences to each of you. He was such a good guy, the community of Letcher will miss him and their memories of his welding shop.
Posted by Sue N (Olson) Stokke on February 11, 2014
Another Olson brother gone. Now he's with the others who went before him. Peace to his family.
Posted by Deanna Kiner Thomas on February 11, 2014
Our sympathies to the whole family. I have many fond memories of your Dad! What a great, gentle guy. I know you will miss him so much. Our thoughts are with you
Posted by Paul and Barb on February 11, 2014
Connie & Loris & Family You have our deepest sympathy.
Posted by Jack Christiansen on February 11, 2014
Julie... (JEWELS) My deepest condolences to you
Posted by Dennis E. Olson on February 10, 2014
I have admired Gerald my entire life. It was a privilege to know him.
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