Robert O. “Bob” Olson, 89, of Red WingRobert O. “Bob” Olson, 89, of Red Wing, died Friday at his home.
Robert O. “Bob” Olson, 89, of Red Wing, died Friday at his home. Born April 11, 1919, in Red Wing to Carl and Margret (Borgen) Olson, he attended Jefferson school and graduated from Red Wing Central High school.
He served during World War II in the U.S. Army, Americal Division and the First Cavalry Division in the South Pacific Theatre from 1943 until being honorably discharged in 1946. He married Patricia Nordeen on Aug. 31, 1946. He was employed by NSP and Xcel Energy for 44 years before his retirement in 1981. He coached Little League baseball was active at the YMCA, VFW, American Legion, Red Wing Country Club, and Mississippi National Golf Links. He enjoyed playing volleyball, softball, and golf, and also fishing and hunting.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Olson of Red Wing; sons Mark (Priscilla) of Framingham, Mass., and Tom (Anne) of Houston, Texas; daughter, Anne (Tim DeBooy) of Eugene, Oregon; one granddaughter; and one brother, C. Vernon (Eleanor) of Boise, Idaho.
Funeral will be 11 a.m., Thursday at United Lutheran Church with the Rev. Randall Johnson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Red Wing with military honors provided by the American Legion Leo C. Peterson Post 54 of Red Wing. Memorials preferred to the church, Hedin Hartnagel Scholarship fund or donor's choice. Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel is handling arrangements.