SHERBURN - A Celebration of Life service for Floyd V. Olson, 77, of rural Sherburn, Minn., will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at Evangelical Covenant Church in Trimont, Minn., with Rev. Steven D. Wilson officiating. Burial will be in First Lutheran Cemetery, rural Trimont, Minn.
Floyd was called to his eternal rest on Friday afternoon, Aug. 23, 2013, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Visitation and a time of sharing memories with the Olson family will be 4-8 p.m. today, Aug. 27, 2013, at Evangelical Covenant Church in Trimont.
Personal words of comfort may be sent to the family online at www.kramerfuneralhome.com
Floyd was born Nov. 26, 1935, in Jackson County, Minn., to Victor and Vivian (Sjogren) Olson. He was the youngest in a family of five that grew up on a farm near Kimball Corner. He went to country school in Kimball Township through 8th grade, and graduated from Triumph-Monterey High School in 1953. Floyd loved sports, playing football and basketball in high school. His height, athletic ability and determination made him a force to be reckoned with. He also loved farming and helping his dad and brothers with chores. On Nov. 23, 1953, he enlisted in the U.S. Army with some of his closest high school friends. He was based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina as a paratrooper for two years. On Dec. 18, 1955, Floyd married Mary Hilgendorf at the Galena Church in rural Trimont. They lived in Mankato, Owatonna and New Ulm while Floyd delivered bread for Mom's Bread Company. In 1957, they moved to rural Trimont and Floyd started farming in Galena Township with his father-in-law, Elmer Hilgendorf. In 1959, Floyd and Mary bought a quarter section of land, including a rather rustic old house, southwest of Trimont in Elm Creek Township. Floyd promised to build Mary a new house in 10 years. Instead, he moved the house from his home place to their building site five years later. Floyd, Mary and their four children (Gala, Vicki, Steve and Linda) enjoyed a good life farming. After his retirement in 1998, Floyd and Mary built a home on Fox Lake where they resided until his death. Floyd dabbled in other agribusiness ventures. He and his brother Ken formed Key States Distributing and sold Bruneumatic grain handling systems. Olson Agribusiness, formed with his son Steve, patented a PTO unit for unloading combines on the go. In his "retirement," he worked part time for Mike Bettin Trucking and Rosen's, Inc. and loved getting back in the tractor to help his son and son-in-law in the spring and fall. Floyd was described by many as bigger than life. He was big in stature, had a big DEEP voice, and a huge heart. He dreamed big and conquered most everything he attempted. His most prized possession(s) was not one, but TWO big boats. Floyd had many hobbies through the years. He mastered nearly every type of motorized vehicle, including go-carts, snowmobiles, motorcycles, boats and airplanes. Floyd was a golfer, downhill and water skiier, and loved the stock car races. He and Mary traveled to Germany, Italy, Panama, Hawaii, and Alaska and enjoyed some winters in Arizona and Florida when they could leave without missing too many high school sporting events. He and Mary rarely missed any of the sporting events as they proudly supported their children and grandchildren, traveling many miles throughout the state and even outstate to attend games and he remained a proud Maverick booster until his death. His latest passion was wine-making. Gifting his "Fox Lake Wine" gave him great joy. He was most passionate about hunting and fishing, taking numerous trips to North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Michigan, Alaska, Canada and Florida in search of the big halibut, deer, goose, elk, tarpin, moose, bear, salmon, pheasant, duck, etc.
Floyd served as a Director and President for South Central Electric Cooperative. He was President of REA's Cooperative TV (CTV), served in many positions on the church council at First Lutheran Church, was a member of Sherburn Lions and American Legion Post #373, served as president of the Fox Lake Golf Club Board and MCW Booster Club.
Floyd is survived by his wife Mary; son, Steven (Deb) Olson of Trimont; daughters, Gala (Ken) Beckendorf of Nicollet and Linda (Mark) Sandberg of Sherburn. He leaves 12 grandchildren, Reid (Laura), Rusty, and Rod Olson, Jessica Beckendorf, Lindsey (Kevin) Borst, Spencer, Walker, Taylor, Hunter Olson, and Danielle, Nicholas, and Brooke Sandberg; two stepgrandsons, Brian (Kristen) Rosenberg and Jack Rosenberg; and was a very proud great-grandpa to Roman Olson. In addition to his immediate family, Floyd is survived by his sisters, Marian (Ed) Gottschalk and Marie (Merle) Anderson, sister-in-laws, Joanne Olson and Doris Voth; several beloved nieces and nephews; special family friends Bill and Shellee Daley; and many, many wonderful friends of all ages.
He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Vicki Rosenberg; parents; brothers, Vincent and Ken; nephews, Greg Olson and Edward Gottschalk, Jr.; and nieces, Norene Callahan and Naomi Olson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and will be distributed to Floyd's favorite charities: United Hospital Hospice, Martin County Relay for Life and MN Ovarian Cancer Alliance.