WELCOME - A Celebration of Life Service for Vernon Allen Olson, 73, of Welcome, Minn., will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Evangelical Covenant Church in Fairmont, with Pastor Dan Wheeler officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Welcome, Minn.
Vernon was called to his eternal rest on Wednesday morning, April 4, 2012, at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont, Minn. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday at Evangelical Covenant Church and one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday.
Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.kramerfuneralhome.com
Vernon Allen Olson was born on July 1, 1938, to Albert and Cora (Schultz) Olson in Fairmont, Minn. He was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church and later confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Vernon started his education in Fairmont and later attended Welcome High School graduating with the class of 1956. After moving to Minneapolis, he met Janice Schilling and was united in marriage on July 23, 1960, in Red Wing, Minn. They lived in the Twin Cities for one year before moving to Welcome. He worked 18 years for Fairmont Railway Motors and also farmed in Welcome. He retired in 2000, after 14 years as a machinist at Armstrong Rim and Wheel.
Vernon was an active member of Evangelical Covenant Church of Fairmont. He was devoted to his faith and enjoyed participating in church activities. Vernon was greatly influenced by his parents and grandparents, who instilled in him a love of family, gardening and farming. Vernon had an incredible memory and never forgot any person he met. He was generous and used his "Jack of All Trades" abilities to help others. Vernon relished spending time with family, friends and his beloved dog Buttons.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Olson; son, Scott Olson (Susan) of Cobram, Australia; daughters, Amy Nichols (Keith Strausser) of Columbia, Mo.; Joanne Knobel (Tony) of White Bear Lake, Minn.; Wendy Yahnke (Daniel) of Champaign, Ill.; Deb Boehne (Jon) of Ceylon, Minn.; son, Corey Olson (Stephanie) of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; 12 grandchildren, Lucas & Jordan (Scott), Jason & Keegan (Amy), Mark & Anthony (Joanne), Nathan & Kate (Wendy), Brett & April (Deb), Adrienne & Bethany (Corey); brothers Eugene Olson of Welcome, Minn., Ron Olson of Melbourne, Australia; aunt Alyce Schultz of Welcome, Minn.; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends; and special friends Bonnie & Art Miller and Wes & Carolyn Strausser.