Merle A. Olson, 92
Blue Earth – Merle Amund Olson, age 92, of Blue Earth, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Aug. 19 with his loving family by his side. Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 235 East 7th St., Blue Earth. Rev. Jeanette Bidne presided. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery following the service. Online condolences may be left at www.pattonfh.com.
Merle was born Nov. 4, 1925, the son of Leo and Beulah Olson in Randall, Iowa.
He met the love of his life, Beverly Evans, 73 years ago and married her on Sept. 12, 1948, after returning from a short enlistment in the Navy where he served as a Weatherman’s Mate. Merle and Beverly settled on the family farm near Blue Earth where they were dairy farmers. Merle always felt service to the community was important. He was on the Faribault County Planning and Zoning Committee; was the Outstanding Young Farmer from Faribault County in 1960 and was also very active in the county’s 4-H program. They also found time to host Minnesota Agricultural Student trainees from foreign countries for over a decade.
Merle’s Christian strength flooded into every life he touched. He was active in the church serving numerous years as Sunday School teacher, Deacon, president of Trinity Lutheran Church, member of the Worship and Music Committee and the Gideons. His Christian faith caused him to reach out to others. He and Beverly aided two Vietnamese families and fostered 15 children, as a result, they won the Sertoma “Service to Mankind” and Jefferson awards.
Merle and Beverly lived at Goldfinch Estates in Fairmont for 2.5 years before returning to the farm.
Merle is survived by his wife, Beverly; nine children, Karen (James) Gilbertson, of Prairie Village, Kansas, Marlene Olson, of Mankato, Leslie (Jo) Olson, of Spring Valley, Beverly (Howard) Belsheim, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, Merna (Paul) Nelson, of Grinnell, Iowa, Lewis (Carol) Olson, of Des Moines, Iowa, Leo Olson, of Blue Earth, Bertha (Andy) Rock, of Winnebago, Merle Jr. (Ann Marie) Olson, of Columbus, Wisconsin; 21 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Lois Olson-Okerstrom, of Santa Barbara, California, Barb Olson, and Elaine Olson, both of Story City, Iowa; numerous nieces and nephews, foster children and many other loving relatives and friends.
Merle is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Amel (Gloria) Olson, Burdette Olson, Richard Olson; nieces, Kristi Elmquist, Carla Penning, and Sharon Olson.