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Donald Olson

Aug. 22, 1927-Dec. 6, 2012

Donald E. Olson, 85, of rural Frazee, passed away at his home on Thursday, December 6, 2012, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

A private family celebration of his life will held at a later date. Furey Funeral Home of Frazee is assisting the family.

Don was born August 22, 1927, to Edward and Hildur (Munson) Olson in Duluth, Minn. He moved with his family to Minneapolis at the age of 9. He graduated from Marshall High School, then enlisted in the United States Army, where he served during occupation in Japan from October 15, 1945, until his honorable discharge on May 28, 1947.

Following his military service, Don went on to attend the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in fish and wildlife management. He was hired by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in 1951 as a fisheries research biologist and worked in the Detroit Lakes office for 36 years before retiring in 1989.

Don married Lois Moltzen, of Vergas in 1954, and raised their family in the Detroit Lakes area.

Don enjoyed retirement and took pride in the conservation and management of the property he owned. He was passionate about science and enjoyed canoeing, biking, skiing, reading, hunting and fishing with family and friends.

Surviving Don are his wife of 58 years, Lois Olson of Frazee; stepson, Michael Grip of Midvale, Utah; son, Marc Olson of Frazee; daughter, Marilee (David Sours) Olson of North St. Paul; one grandson, Corey (Marci) Grip of Westminster, Colo.; four great grandchildren; one sister, Merrilyn Belgum of Minneapolis; two nephews: Eric (Bonnie) Belgum of Lindstrom, Minn., and Rolf Belgum of Minneapolis.

His parents preceded him in death.