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P. Kenneth “Kenny” Olson


Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

P. Kenneth “Kenny” Olson

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.

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 is survived by his wife Delores and her family; children, Susanne (Steven) Skree of Rochester, Clair (Patricia) Olson of Rushford and Barbara (Robert) Curtis of Wilmington, Ohio; grandchildren,  Kirsten (Michael) Gurtner, Eric Skree, Jarad, Brittany and Jana Olson, Craig Gordley; four great-grandchildren, Ethan, Chase, Hannah and Liam Gurtner; three sisters-in-law, Lola (Tenus) Thorson, Phyllis Elmquist and Doreen Dahl and their children; one aunt, Ruth Ellefson; and several cousins.  Kenneth is also survived by his extended family, Roger and Kathie Nordtvedt and John and Colleen Kvasnicka and their families.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Audrey; and his son Keith.

He loved his family, friends and the farm where he was born and lived his entire life.  His strong Christian faith sustained him through the good times and the not so good times throughout his life.

Funeral service was held at Monday, August 6, 2012, at Highland Prairie Lutheran Church with Reverend Kay Wold officiating. Burial followed in Highland Prairie Lutheran Cemetery.

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