Loyd Oleson, 96, of Mitchell, SD, died Monday, October 19, 2020 at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Monday, October 26, 2020 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Sunday at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 6:30 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
A live-stream of the funeral service may be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnWNNXjU-9HCeAAHMqppfbw/videos
Loyd Eugene Oleson was born April 14, 1924 to Fred and Minnie (House) Oleson on a farm near Faulkton, SD. He grew up in the Faulkton area and graduated from Faulkton High School in 1942. He married Maxine Joyce Eaton in Orient, SD on April 14, 1947 on his birthday and afterward he jokingly said, “I never had another birthday”! They celebrated 72 years together in 2019.
He began his 42-year career with rural electric cooperatives in November of 1947 when he joined Spink Electric in Redfield, SD. In 1957 he moved to Mitchell and began his career at Intercounty Electric as office manager. He served as manager of Intercounty from 1978 until his retirement 1989. His career in rural electricity saw him help oversee the lighting of rural America.
When Loyd was 11, his parents gave him an accordion after noticing his musical talent. His musical talent was shared by many over a period of 75 years and culminated with his induction into the Dakota Musicians Association Hall of Fame in 1995. Most of his musical career was with the Harry Eisele Orchestra and Swede Pierson’s Rhythm Masters. In later years, he entertained at long-term care facilities and senior citizen centers.
He was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church, a 50-years member of Mitchell Toastmasters, the Mitchell Elks Lodge and Mitchell Rotary Club.
He is survived by his children, Stephanie (Tom) Long, Sioux Falls; Doug (Carol) Oleson, Colorado Springs, CO; Tim (Tami Keller) Oleson, Lewiston, ID; Pat (Sandy) Oleson, Mitchell; Mary (Randy) Weiss, Liberty, MO; Alan (Sara) Oleson, Omaha, NE; and Mark (Anna) Oleson, Reno, NV. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren
Loyd was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine, on December 7, 2019. Also preceding him were his parents, five brothers, and a sister.