Oct. 18, 1918-Aug. 27, 2010
Ernest F. Olson, 91, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, August 27, 2010 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.
Ernest was born to Rudolph and Emelia (Aslakson) Olson on October 18, 1918 in Hoff Township of Pope County, Minn. He was baptized at West Zion Lutheran Church in Clontarf, Minn., by the Reverend Christ Pederson and confirmed by the Reverend K.R. Palmer.
Ernest attended public school at District 85 in Pope County and Benson High School in Benson, Minn. In 1942, he entered the United States Army and did his basic training in Little Rock, Ark. After basic training he was stationed in Puerto Rico, New Guinea and served in the liberation of the Philippines.
Ernest was honorably discharged in December of 1945. His medals included: the Philippine Liberation Service Ribbon with one bronze star, American Theater Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal and six overseas service bars.
After his discharge from the Army, Ernest worked several jobs. He did farm work, road construction, combining and worked at a lumber yard.
Surviving Ernest are his sister, Ruth Knapp of Detroit Lakes; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding Ernest in death were his parents; two sisters, Genevieve Burbank and Harriet Lee; one brother, Juliet Olson; and three brothers-in-law, William Knapp, Jimmie Burbank and Harold Lee.
Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30 in Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour prior to services.
Interment was in West Zion Cemetery, Clontarf, Minn.
Those wanting to share memories and condolences online are invited to use the messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com.