Rodney Olson, 88, of Zimmerman, formerly of Princeton, died peacefully Monday, April 25, 2011.
He was born May 5, 1922, to Henry and Edna (Frederickson) Olson in Zimmerman. He attended school through the 11th grade, leaving school to work on the family farm. Mr. Olson later attended Dunwoody, where he studied machine and small engine repair. He then moved to Seattle to work in the shipyards. While in Seattle he was drafted into the Army, where he served in the 10th Armored Division as a radio operator and a gunner.
He and Beatrice Doebler were married May 22, 1948, in Santiago, Minn. The couple made their home on a farm before moving to Princeton in 1954. They moved to Zimmerman in 1992.
Mr. Olson retired from Federal Cartridge in 1985. He also operated a small engine and a bicycle repair shop out of his home for many years. He enjoyed being outdoors, camping, fishing, skeet shooting and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
The funeral service was held Monday, May 2 at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Princeton. Interment was at Orrock Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Beatrice; children, Nita (Tim) Ruden, Don, and Michelle (Greg) Larson; grandchildren, Aaron, Brandon, Andrew Ruden, Joshua, Shaunna and Tasha Wisniewski; sister, Eldoris (Bill) Ross; brother, Carl (Gerri); and by many other relatives and friends.
Mr. Olson was preceded in death by his son Duane, grandson Nicholas Ruden and an infant brother, Gerald.