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Donald Olson, 91, Austin

Published 10:21am Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Donald ‘Ole’ Olson, 91, of Austin, Minn., died Sunday morning, March 17, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin.

Donald Olson
Donald Olson

Donald was born April 28, 1921, in Harmony, Minn., to Edward and Emma (Fosse) Olson, where he grew up and graduated from Harmony High School in 1939. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Donald worked as a laborer at the Hormel Foods Corporation for more than 40 years. On Feb. 21, 1948, he was united in marriage to Muriel Severson at St. Olaf Lutheran Church Parsonage. He was a charter member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin. His biggest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren and hearing about their travels, studies and work.

Over the years he enjoyed golfing, traveling, his fishing trips to Canada and the annual Christmas Magic Shows put on by his grandchildren. He loved visiting with people and made friends everywhere he went. He will be remembered for his good sense of humor, his generous spirit and his unconditional love. His family takes comfort in knowing he is reunited with his beloved wife and daughter as well as others he’s missed for so long. Donald also liked taking part in his Monday and Saturday breakfast groups, and daily afternoon coffee at the Oak Grill.

Survivors include his children Deborah (Harry) Jensen of Riceville, Iowa, Randy (Kathy) Olson of Northfield, Minn., and Becky Olson of Coon Rapids, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Emma Olson; his wife Muriel in 1980; one daughter, Pamela Wilcox; and brothers Edward Olson, Bernard Olson and Norris Olson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Karen Behling officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Military rites by American Legion Post 91 and VFW Post 1216. Internment will occur later on in the spring with family at Oakwood Cemetery.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Cedars in Austin, the Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin ICU, and the Hospital Infusion Center. Memorials can be directed to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, or to recipient of donor’s choice in Don’s memory. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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