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P. Kenneth "Kenny" Olson


Mon, Aug 6th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

P. Kenneth “Kenny” Olson, 82, of Rushford, died Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

P. Kenneth “Kenny” Olson was born February 17, 1930 to Elmer and Minnie (Ellefson) Olson Sogla at home in rural Rushford, MN.  He was baptized on March 23, 1930, confirmed on August 6, 1944 and graduated from Rushford High School in 1948.   

On January 24, 1953, he married Audrey (Myhre) at Wilmington Lutheran Church, Spring Grove, MN and together they farmed the “home farm” on Oak Ridge, rural Rushford, Minnesota, which was homesteaded in 1896.  Audrey passed away on November 23, 1996.  Kenny lived his entire life on the home farm.  On June 22, 2003 he married Delores Thompson, who survives him. 

Kenny received the Star Farmer award in 1948.  He served in the National Guard, retiring as a Staff Sergeant, was a past member of the Minnesota Farmers Union, Houston County Soil & Water Conversation District Board, Farmers Elevator Board, Clerk for the Yucatan Township, on the planning committee for the first swimming pool in Rushford, a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home Building Committee, on the Rushford School addition committee, the Rushford Historical Society and many other township, county, church and local committees.  He was a leading advocate for soil and water conservation.  

In 1965, Kenneth and Audrey were named State Farmers of the year and were honored to host Governor Karl Rolvaag for a farm tour on September 18, 1965 which was their son Keith’s 10th birthday. 

Kenneth was a member of Oak Ridge Lutheran Church, until it closed in 1967.  The church was later disassembled and taken to Hamar Norway where it is now part of an Open Air Norwegian Immigrant Museum site.  He was invited to be a guest speaker at the dedication of the Oak Ridge Church in Hamar, Norway on August 11, 2002 and was honored to participate in this wonderful celebration of the Olson family’s Norwegian/Christian Heritage.

 At the time of his death, Kenneth was a member of Highland Prairie Lutheran Church, where he served as Chair of the Building Committee for the rebuilding of a new church after a fire destroyed the church on Easter Sunday, 1973.

Kenneth is survived by his wife Dolores and her family; children, Susanne (Steven) Skree of Rochester, Clair (Patricia) Olson of Rushford and Barbara (Robert) Curtis of Wilmington, Ohio; grandchildren .....
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Willard Ronnenber

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Willard A. Ronnenberg, 79, of Rushford died on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Gundersen – Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis. Willard was born on November 25, 1932, in Rushford to Elmer and Ella (Wenzel) Ronnenberg. He was raised in Hart, Min ..... 
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Ellen Feine

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Ellen C. Feine, 86, of Rushford, went to be with her Savior on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. She was born on February 9, 1926, in Houston County, Minn. to John and Clara (Ekre) Torgerson. She graduated f ..... 
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Willard A. Ronnenberg

Tue, Jul 24th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Willard A. Ronnenberg, 79, of Rushford died on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Gundersen – Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis. Willard was born on November 25, 1932, in Rushford to Elmer and Ella (Wenzel) Ronnenberg. He was raised in Hart, Minn. ..... 
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Audrey Engrav

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Audrey I. Engrav, 96, of Rushford, Minn. died on Thursday, December 29, 2011, at Valley View Healthcare and Rehab Center in Houston. Audrey was born on June 13, 1915, in Houston, Minn. to Emil and Jane (Hostvet) Thronson. She was raised in Houston ..... 
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Leonard “Lenny” Volkman

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Leonard “Lenny” Volkman, 69, of Rushford, died on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Lenny was born on March 26, 1943, in Rushford to Edward and Ellen (Bartleson) Volkman. He was raised in Rushford and graduat ..... 
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Dennis Edward Peterson

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Dennis “Denny” Edward Peterson, 65, of Rushford, MN died on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at his home. Dennis was born on June 6, 1946, in Rushford to Edward and Josephine (Woxland) Peterson. He attended Big Martin Country School and graduated from ..... 
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Viola G. Cordes

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Viola “Vi” G. Cordes, 89, of Rushford, Minn. died on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Lake City, Minn. Vi was born on May 2, 1923, in La Crosse, Wis. to Ben and Gertrude (Henze) Jacobson. She was raised in Rushford and ..... 
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Dorothy Colbenson

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Dorothy A. Colbenson, 88, of Rushford, Minn. died on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Dorothy was born on July 6, 1923, in Rushford to Henry H. and Amelia (Marcum) Kleist. She was raised in Rushford ..... 
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