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Crossroads Evangelical Free Church
Sunday September 24th, 2017
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Monday September 25th, 2017

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Gaylord Luverne Olson

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 www.bayviewfuneral.com.

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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On behalf of Bruce Olson and his family,

I'm sorry to hear of the passing of Gaylord. We hope that you have many great memories of Gaylord to share and reflect on in the coming days.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Gaylord's family.


Craig Johnson Sep 21 2017 12:00 AM

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A MONET'S GARDENBASKET was ordered on September 21, 2017

Expression of Sympathy Sep 21 2017 12:00 AM

Condolences and prayers to your family from Gerry, Rhonda and Dennis Taschner.

Rhonda Taschner Sep 21 2017 12:00 AM

Shirley & family

Deepest sympathy to your family. It was with great pleasure I got to meet and serve Gaylord during his stay at Good Samaritan. He will be missed by all.

Kathy Buker Sep 20 2017 12:00 AM

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A PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent on September 20, 2017

Sorry for your loss. Our hearts are open to this wonderful family! With Love: Don and Rhonda Soper

Expression of Sympathy Sep 20 2017 12:00 AM