|Raymond Olson, 80|
|Written by TRF Times|
Thief River Falls - Raymond C. Olson, 80, died on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 at Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 17 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Mark Helgeland officiating. Casket bearers included Faron Olson, Furlien “Fred” Olson, Marty Olson, Doyle Olson, Jason Olson, Justin Olson, Tyler Olson, Trevor Olson and Travis Olson. Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls.
Raymond Charles Olson was born on March 5, 1931, to Benard and Alice (Olmstead) Olson. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer. He attended rural Brandt school in Malung Township. He then worked at various farms in Roseau County, until moving to Thief River Falls in 1949.
On Dec. 16, 1951, he married Inez Marie Halle at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls. They made their home in Thief River Falls and to this union four sons were born, Faron, Furlien, Marty and Doyle. Ray worked for the City of Thief River Falls and also worked for Prichard Brothers Construction until retiring in 1993. Later, Ray worked for the Federal?Housing Administration in Thief River Falls. He also played in a local band for many years known as the “Melody Ranch Hands.”
On June 27, 1998, Ray was united in marriage to Joyce Kalsnes and they continued to live in Thief River Falls. Together, they had a lot of fun and good times with both families.
Ray enjoyed music, singing and playing his guitar and violin. He also enjoyed gardening, flowers, wood working, repairing violins, traveling, spending time in the country, having a picnic at the Church In The Pines, and going back to Roseau where he grew up to have coffee and Christmas gatherings with his sisters. Ray was lovingly known as “Ray C.” Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. Ray was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and most currently a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls.
Ray is survived by his wife Joyce Kalsnes Olson, of Thief River Falls; four sons: Faron Olson of Brooklyn Center, Furlien “Fred” (Dawn) Olson of Thief River Falls, Marty Olson of Warroad, Doyle (LeAnn) Olson of Thief River Falls, nine grandchildren; two great-grandsons; one great-granddaugher; two sisters, Blanche (Steve) Pulczinski of Roseau, Beverly (Elmer) Olson of Roseau; sisters-in-law, Ruth Olson, Gloria Horn and Avis Derosier; one uncle, Manley (Velma) Olmstead, of Roseau; four stepchildren: Valerie (Pat) Kelly of Phoenix, Ariz., Kenneth (Janeen) Kalsnes of Thief River Falls, Glenn Kalsness of Fargo, N.D., Jarrod (Roberta) Kalsnes of Thief River Falls; 11 step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, wife Inez, sister Kay, brother Roger, and nephew Chad.
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneral