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Gaylord Luverne Olson

April 9, 1928 — September 19, 2017

Funeral services for Gaylord L. Olson, age 89, of Glenville, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017 at Emmons Lutheran Church.  Rev. Christopher Martin will officiate. Interment will be at Oaklawn Cemetery.  Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post 317, Emmons. Visitation will be 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 24 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Online condolences are welcome at

Gaylord died Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea.

Gaylord Luverne Olson was born April 9, 1928 in Woden, Iowa, the son of Christ and Lillian (Heany) Olson.  He grew up in Woden and Glenville, Minnesota, attending rural schools in both places.  Gaylord served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953.  On July 10, 1955, Gaylord was united in marriage to Shirley Ann May at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Grafton, Iowa. He was a member of Emmons Lutheran Church and the American Legion.  He served on the Nunda Township Board and on Church Council. Gaylord was active with the Emmons Senior Citizens group.  He enjoyed playing cards, traveling, reading, watching television, and listening to talk radio.

Gaylord is survived by his wife, Shirley Olson; children, Dawn (John) Fredrickson of Gowrie, Iowa, Laurel (Steve) Soper of Glenville, and Bruce (Tammy) Olson of Rochester, Minnesota; grandchildren, Bryan (Shawna) Soper, Cara (Charlie) Soukup, Morgan Fredrickson, Eric Fredrickson (fiancé, Jennifer Swanson), Stehvin Olson, and Justus Olson; great-grandchildren, Brenden Soper, Levi Soper, Macy Fredrickson, and Audrey Soukup; brothers, Orren (Alice) Olson, Truman (Mary Lou) Olson, Elard (Florence) Olson, and Ronald (Mary) Olson; sister, LeAnn (Jim) Iseminger; brothers-in-law, LaVern Mueller, John May, Ronald May, and Floyd Mueller; and sisters-in-law, Carol Leschefske and Sharon May.

Gaylord was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Curtis Olson, Elizabeth Olson, Robert (Dorothy) Olson, Gloria Mueller, and Jan Olson; mother and father-in-law, Caroline and Clifford May; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Schultz, Dennis May, and Duane Leschefske; and sisters-in-law, Mardell Mueller and Lois Schultz.

Memorials preferred to Emmons Lutheran Church or donor’s choice.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, September 24, 2017

4:00 - 6:00pm (Central time)

Crossroads Evangelical Free Church

3402 Hoeger Ln, Albert Lea, MN 56007-0000

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Funeral Service

Monday, September 25, 2017

Starts at 10:30am (Central time)

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