Charles "Charlie" Olsen

Charles "Charlie" Olsen


August 4, 1942 - September 17, 2023


Charles “Charlie” Olsen, 81, of Mt. Vernon, SD, passed away peacefully Sunday, September 17, 2023, in Mt. Vernon. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Friday, September 22, at Salem Lutheran Church in Mt. Vernon. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Charles Richard Olsen was born on August 4, 1942, in Mitchell, SD to Gilbert “Bud” and Pearl (Knox) Olsen. Charlie attended grade school at Hopper School in rural Plankinton. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1960.

Charlie married Roberta “Bertie” Pollard on June 9, 1962, at the Salem Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon. From this loving, sixty-one year marriage came three children: Rick, Sherri, and Kristi. Charlie was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved attending his grandchildren’s events and rarely missed a game or event.

Charlie was a man with an unrelenting work ethic. Following high school, he worked at Armour Creameries in Mitchell and then drove a milk truck. Beginning in 1966, Charlie worked for the South Dakota Department of Transportation in Mitchell, where he was the parts manager. He retired from the DOT in 2001 after 35 years. On top of working at the DOT, Charlie began selling Pioneer Seed in Mount Vernon in 1975 and did so until 2009. Charlie took great pride in serving the farmers of the Mount Vernon area and the trust they had in him to plant what was best for their fields. All this time, Charlie also operated the family farm. Charles was a man of integrity, greatly trusted and respected by those who knew him.

Charlie was an avid supporter of all Mount Vernon athletics and heavily involved in the community. He served on the Mount Vernon Volunteer Fire Department for over fifteen years. He also served on the Mount Vernon City Council, Salem Lutheran Church Council, and the Hopper Township Board at various times throughout his life. In 2015, Charlie and Roberta were inducted into Mount Vernon’s Heroes’ Field Courtyard for their community involvement. Charlie loved being outdoors - farming, checking field, hunting, and fishing.

Charles is survived by his wife, Roberta of Mount Vernon; son, Rick (Maria) Olsen of Mount Vernon; daughters, Sherri (Eric) Denning of Mount Vernon and Kristi Olsen of Wessington Springs; grandson, Deric (Shelby) Denning and great-granddaughter Charlie of Mitchell; granddaughters, Erin Denning (Hunter Jackson) of Parkston, Kayla (Joe) Vetter of Woonsocket and their children Audry, Hailee, and Bennett, and Kimberly (Kevin) Ball of Mitchell and their daughter Reese; and grandson Jared Goldammer of Brookings. He is also survived by his sister, Darlene (Tom) Schultz of Freeport, IL; stepbrother, Duane (Mary) Malde of Mount Vernon; brother-in-law, Robert Pollard of Mount Vernon; and his nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters-in-law, Mildred Gritzmacher and Marian Powers.


Thursday, September 21, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, September 22, 2023
10:30 AM
Salem Lutheran Church
204 E 4th Ave
Mt Vernon, SD 57363


Mt. Vernon Cemetery
Mt. Vernon, SD

Posted by Tim Pranger on September 22, 2023
My condolences and prayers to the family 🙏
Posted by Micheal J Mickelson on September 22, 2023
Charlie was a wonderful high school classmate and friend. He will be missed by many. Condolences and Blessings to Birdie and family.
Posted by Delbert n Marie Peterson on September 22, 2023
So saddened to hear of your loss. What an all around great MV supporter n loving family honoring man. God bless you all with peace n comfort.
Posted by Delbert n Marie Peterson on September 22, 2023
So saddened to hear of your loss. What an all around great MV supporter n
Posted by Mavis Wermers on September 21, 2023
Sorry for your loss Birdie. 🙏
Posted by Myles Konopasek on September 21, 2023
Thoughts and prayers for Charlie Olsen's family and friends. I cherish the memories of working with Charlie with Pioneer Seed. Charlie impacted us all with his work ethic, his integrity, and his outgoing and positive attitude. We will miss Charlie.
Posted by Bill & Tina Van Driel Family on September 21, 2023
Our deepest condolences to all of you during this difficult time.
Posted by Oliver and Jeanette Munkvold on September 20, 2023
Our sympathy and prayers for your loss God Bless
Posted by Lowell Arens on September 20, 2023
Prayers to you Roberta and the family.
Posted by Jack Earl on September 20, 2023
Our sympathy to Charlie’s family, our prayers are with you,
Posted by Carol Ann Uttecht on September 19, 2023
My condolences to Rick, Roberta and family.
Posted by Kaye Smith on September 19, 2023
So sorry Roberta, and family’s, 🙏🙏✝️
Posted by Barbara Flandreau on September 19, 2023
I am so sorry to hear this…Bertie , keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Barbara (Jorgensen) Flandreau
Posted by Jeff and Kathy Fouberg on September 19, 2023
So sorry for your loss. Our prayers to the family!
Posted by Peggy Freidel on September 19, 2023
Prayers for all of you! ❤️
Posted by Keely London on September 19, 2023
I'm sorry for your loss of a great man and a contributor to the MV community. ❤️
Posted by Kay Schoenfelder on September 19, 2023
So sorry for your loss, Bertie and family. Sending prayers
Posted by Laura Burgess on September 19, 2023
So sorry to hear about your loss. May God bring you all peace and comfort as you mourn the loss of Charlie.
Posted by Sandi and Ron Ruml on September 18, 2023
Im so sorry for your families loss and the community of Mt Vernon. Cant believe how fadt. We just sat with you at VB game. Hugs and prayers
Posted by Mark Malde on September 18, 2023
My condolences to the family. I met Charles a few times and most recently at my Grandmothers funeral, Eva Malde Olsen. She was married to Charles dad Bud. I enjoyed talking with Charles and remember him as outgoing and positive.
Posted by Rocky Von Eye on September 18, 2023
Charlie was the best neighbor ever. Many times he and Jim would be on their knees digging in the row behind the planter, checking to see if there was the right amount of corn in the row. He was a wealth of knowledge to all the farmers in the area. On the Township board, Charlie was the 'historian'. His knowledge was invaluable and Bertie's lunches after the meetings were delicious!
Posted by Walt & Donna Bracha on September 18, 2023
So sorry to here - Sympathy to the whole family !!!
Posted by Rebecca Lee Schipper and family on September 18, 2023
What a kind and wonderful man
Posted by Charlie and Darlene Bailey on September 18, 2023
Sorry for your loss Rest in Peace Charlie
Posted by Marlys schmitz on September 18, 2023
Roberta keeping you and your family in my prayers. I wish I could be with you at the service. Charles was a wonderful and devoted fellow God bless his memory
Posted by Jan OverwegLambert on September 18, 2023
So sorry for this loss for your family and the town of MV. Charlie was a good man and will be missed.
Posted by Katherine walz on September 18, 2023
So sorry to hear of Charlie passing. My Blessings and sympathy to the Olsen Family.
Posted by Mary peters my sympathy to all,! on September 18, 2023
I knew him as long as I’ve known Roberta and Kristi
Posted by Vicki Linke on September 18, 2023
Prayers to Kristi and all of her family
Posted by Kris Kieffer on September 18, 2023
Cherish the memories
Posted by Doug Freidel on September 18, 2023
My condolences to the entire family.
Posted by Laura Gillam on September 18, 2023
Blessings to you all. Charlie made a difference!
Posted by Jill Swenson on September 18, 2023
Sympathies to Rick and all the family.
Posted by KIETH CARLSON on September 18, 2023
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