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John LeRoy Olson

August 18, 1923 October 4, 2010
John LeRoy Olson
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Obituary for John LeRoy Olson

Worthington, MN

     John LeRoy Olson, the son of Lauritz and Mary (Kroshus) Olson, was born on August 18, 1923 in Perley, Norman County, MN. He grew up in Perley, MN and graduated from Borup High School in 1941. After high school he moved to Burbank, CA and worked as an airplane riveter.
     John served in the United States Army from January 26, 1943 to August 23, 1945. He fought in France during World War II, where he was awarded a Purple Heart with three clusters. Following his military service, John attended college, earning a degree from Concordia College in sociology and social work. He worked in the social work field throughout his career. John retired in 1985 from an administrative position with the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
     John Olson married Margaret (Peggy) Peterson on July 1, 1967. They resided in Worthington throughout their married life. John and Peggy raised four children: Steven, Bruce, Sharon and Kristin. John and Peggy enjoyed traveling with family and friends including camping, fishing, and snowmobiling trips. John also enjoyed reading and learning.
     John valued community service. He shared his time and talents in local churches, schools and community organizations. John served on many boards including Community Corrections and United Way. He was a member of Golden K (Kiwanis). He also volunteered annually with the Community Christmas Baskets and the Salvation Army bell ringers.
     John Olson passed away October 4, 2010, at Sunset Hospice Cottage. John is survived by his wife Peggy; four children: Steven (Diane) Olson, Dassel, MN; Bruce Wilson, Crookston, MN; Sharon (Jeff) Johnson, Worthington, MN; and Kristin (Tim) Doeden, Worthington, MN, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, all five siblings and one great-grandchild. He felt he had lived a long and rich life. Following a battle with cancer, he was ready to go on to eternal life with his savior Jesus Christ.
     A visitation will be held at Benson Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 6, 4-7 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 7 at 1:30 p.m. in First Lutheran Church, Worthington. A committal service will be held privately at Indian Lake Baptist cemetery. Casket bearers will be Craig Olson, David Blanchard, Patrick Starbeck, Robbie Starbeck, Paul Swanson, and Todd Henderson.

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