|Robert R. Olson, 78|
|Written by TRF Times|
Thief River Falls - Robert “Corn” R. Olson, 78, died on Thursday, October 13, 2005 at Northwest Medical Center, CNC Unit, Thief River Falls.
Funeral services were held on Monday, October 17, at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Gary Johnson officiating. Casket bearers included Scott Olson, Brian Olson, Larry Gulseth, Tim Olson, Mike Korczak and Rodney Knutson. Honorary casket bearers included Class of 1945; the Hardee’s Coffee Club and the Saturday Mini Reunion Group at the American Legion. Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls.
Robert Raymond Olson was born on June 29, 1927 in the dining room of their home on 313 State Avenue to Carl and Mathilda (Stokke) Olson. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. He grew up and attended school in Thief River Falls, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1946.
He was a player on the championship Prowler hockey team and also had a Shoeshine business in Thief River Falls. Robert joined the US Navy and was proud of his military service. He served his country from June 14, 1945 until his honorable discharge, August 4, 1946. Robert returned to Thief River Falls and worked as a salesman, selling cigarettes and pharmaceuticals.
He married Gayle Michalek in 1953 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls and to this union two children were born. His family moved to California in 1965. Robert then moved to Montana and was an over the road truck driver for many years. He lived in Great Falls, MT for 23 years hauling steel, and then Polson, Mont., where he was a sub contractor hauling mail for many more years. After retiring from truck driving, “Corn” moved back to Thief River Falls in 1998.
“Corn” was active in the Heritage Center, delivering meals and he volunteered to drive people to their doctor appointments. He never missed a Prowler hockey game since moving back. He also enjoyed gambling at the Casino. Fall was “Corn’s” favorite time of the year; in his younger days he was a great hunter, who enjoyed duck hunts. During his time in Montana he owned a race horse. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion in Thief River Falls.
Robert is survived by two sons, Scott (Sharon) of Ontario, California, and Brian (Alison) of Hesperia, Calif.; three grandchildren; one brother, Wallace (Sylvia) of Rapid City, S.D.; one sister, Mavis Peterson of Stevens Point, Wis.; and nephews; and many close nieces.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Clifford and Kife; three sisters, Lilah Christianson, Agnes Gulseth, Ellen Hartley; and one great-niece.