Douglas Eugene Olson, age 72, passed away at his home in Walker, MN, on Saturday, January 9, 2021.
Doug was born on June 9, 1948, to Oscar and Viola (Plankers) Olson in Wadena, Minnesota. He attended schools in Akeley and Minneapolis, earned his GED diploma, and attended vo-tech to learn auto mechanics. Doug joined the Navy in 1966, served six years and received an honorable discharge. On his return to Minneapolis, he married Heidi Eckman, his childhood friend. His son Ken and daughter Tammy were born, and the family returned to Walker in early 1970’s. Doug worked for several years at the Standard Station in Walker and transferred to the Eric Myhra dealership in Walker where he worked until his retirement.
Family was priority for Doug. He was active in the Community Church of Walker, serving as Trustee for many years. Doug is remembered as kind, warm, generous and forgiving, willing to help any friends in need. In his later years, he became an avid reader, enjoyed puzzles, watching movies and sports and anything Minnesota. He was “Minnesota Proud” … If you were from Minnesota or it was a sports team, you were okay in his book … but the Minnesota Vikings were at the top of his list. He enjoyed playing golf and frizbee golf with his friend Kevin, but most of all just appreciating the weather and the day.
Doug will be greatly missed by his son Kenneth (Emily) Olson; daughter Tammy (Paul, Sr.) Artley; and grandchildren Paul Jr., Matthew, Kameron, Sara, Gage, and Morgan. He was predeceased by his wife Heidi, his parents, sister Lorraine Field, brother Donald Olson, granddaughter Kayla, and great-granddaughter Chloe.
A funeral service for family only, due to Covid 19, will be held at the Community Church of Walker on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:00am with visitation one hour prior to the service. The service will be livestreamed.** Masks and social distancing will be enforced. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Walker. Arrangements are provided by Whispering Pines Funeral & Cremation Service, Walker, MN.
**Stream the service by going to www.uccwalker.com and scroll down home page and click on “Go to Live-Streaming and Online Events”.
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