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Roland Olson

Dec. 14, 1942-April 8, 2011

Roland Dean Olson, 68, died Friday, April 8, 2011 at his home on Rose Lake, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley and his loving family.

Memorial services are set for 1 p.m. Friday, April 15 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee, with visitation for one hour prior to services. Lunch will be hosted at the church following the service, for all to attend. To leave online condolences, please visit

Dean was born to Lloyd and Lela (Lundeen) Olson on December 14, 1942 in Minneapolis, after World War II. The family moved to North St. Paul, where Dean grew up and attended school. He graduated in 1960 from Mechanic Arts High School and then attended St. Paul T.V.I. for the tool and die maker program.

In 1961 Dean married Maxine Bryant and they had three children: David, Susan and Amy. Dean worked as a machinist and toolmaker for American Hoist and Derik Co. in St. Paul for 23 years. In 1985, when the company closed and moved east, Dean moved to Cambridge, Minn., to manage a hardware store.

In 1988, he married Barbara Norberg. Dean, Barbara and her son Eric moved to Rose Lake after purchasing the Stender Resort on Rose Lake. Dean was a very multi- talented, hard-working man, and after extensive remodeling of the house and cabins, reopened the resort under the new name of Rose Ridge Resort. He truly enjoyed the "new" adventure and as a result, acquired a very large "extended" family. In 2000, the resort was sold and they built a home on the remaining property, continuing to operate the seasonal campground, newly named as Acorn Acres.

Dean enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and being outdoors in nature and all of its many wonders.

Surviving Dean are his wife, Barbara; stepson, Eric (Joell) Norberg of Detroit Lakes; his son, David, and daughters Amy and Susan, all of St. Paul; grandchildren, Zachary and Sheyenne; three sisters, Shirley (Denny) Larson of Inver Grove Heights, Janet (Terry) Bourgoin of St. Paul and Janice (Duane) Reil of Forest Lake.