Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Son, brother, uncle and friend
Bernard Ray Olson, 44, of Austin, died accidently while hunting on Dec. 24, 2009.
He was born on Jan. 30, 1965 in Austin to LaVerne “Odie” Olson and Betty (Holgate) Kruger.
He was a graduate of Austin High School. Bernard worked for CRST International for 7 years, traveling the country as a semi truck driver. During his life he worked hard, taught himself a lot and took care of his mom and sisters. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. True to his personal style, he died doing something he enjoyed in the outdoors which he loved.
In his death, he has joined his recently deceased brother Danney by donating his body to the University of Minnesota’s Anatomy Bequest Program to help educate future health care providers. His generosity extended beyond his life.
Bernard is survived by his mother, Betty Kruger of Austin; siblings, Verne (Norma) Olson of Dexter, Richard (Gail) Olson of Laurel, Montana, Ray Olson of Duluth, Linda Stigney of Stillwater, Sylvia Wagoner of Austin, Dona (Kirk) Johnson of Stillwater, Toy Sue Mehus of Austin; sister-in-law Stephanie Kruger of Austin; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father LaVerne and his brothers; Kenneth Olson and Danney Kruger.
A celebration of his life will be on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 at 1 p.m. at the Ruby Rupner Auditorium in the Hormel Nature Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.