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John Mauritz Waldemar Olson

April 18, 1923 March 27, 2007
John Mauritz Waldemar Olson
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John Mauritz Waldemar Olson, “Wally”, died March 27, 2007, at the age of 83. Wally was born April 18, 1923, in Frederic to Fritz and Tensie Olson. He grew up on the family farm west of Frederic, and continued farming most of his life. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Trade Lake. He graduated from Frederic High School in 1944. Wally married Shirley Hammer of Grantsburg. They were blessed with two children, Wayne and Ellen. They continued to farm the home farm with his dad. Wally moved his family to California for a brief period, but soon returned to Frederic. Along with farming, Wally was an over-the-road trucker and a bus driver for the Frederic School District. Wally was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley; son, Wayne (Lorraine) of Oakdale, MN; daughter, Ellen (David) Johnson of Mansfield, AZ; grandchildren Lisa Borden, Craig Johnson, Angela Taylor, Atleta Leske, Allen Olson and Pauline Kotaska; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were held on March 31, at Zion Lutheran Church, with Pastor Dave Almlie officiating. Pallbearers were Allan Olson, Craig Johnson, Donelly Jensen, Steve Leske, Bryan Kotaska and Larry Linder.

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