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Henry Olson

Henry Melvin Olson, 94, of Reynolds, ND, died Sunday evening, December 20th, 2009 in Hatton Prairie Village in Hatton, ND.

Henry was born on August 18th, 1915 in rural Larimore, ND to Joseph and Inga (Field) Olson. Henry married Emma Jean Cooper on July 22, 1940 in Crookston, MN. The couple made their home in rural Reynolds farming until retirement. For 22 years, Henry and Emma Jean spent the winters in Mission, TX. They moved to Grand Forks in 2003. Henry's wife Emma Jean passed away on June 22, 2004. Henry moved to Hatton Prairie Village in December 2007.

Henry was known for sharing his faith with others including being a Sunday school teacher, camp counselor and friend. He was a member at Holmes United Methodist Church. Henry loved spending time with his family and will be missed by all.

Family members who survive Henry include his children: Melvin (Gerri) Olson of Grand Forks, ND; Charlotte (Calvin) Holweger of Emerado, ND; Rev. Steve (Shirley) Olson of Oakes, ND; and foster daughter Norma (Delmer) Sund of Duluth, MN; thirteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and one sister: Inez Pazderic of Grand Forks, ND.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one son in infancy, one grandson, one great- grandson, 4 brothers: Art Leen, Rudolph Leen, Oscar Leen and Elmer Olson and 2 sisters: Gladys (Leen) Chisholm and Cora (Leen) Nelson.

Visitation will take place from 6 PM to 7 PM on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 with a 7 PM prayer service all at Hatton Prairie Village in Hatton.

Funeral Services will take place December 23, 2009 at 10:30 AM at Holmes United Methodist Church, rural Reynold, North Dakota. Visitation will also take place for one hour before the time of the services at the church.

Interment: Bethel Lutheran Cemetery at Larimore, ND.

The Bilden Funeral Home of Northwood is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Dear Steve, Shirley, and family, We are so sorry to hear about your dad. He sounds like he was a great man and did a lot of good. We will pray for you and your family through this tough time in your life. todd and kristen moos

Todd and Kristen Moos Dec 24 2009 12:00 AM

Steve, So sorry to hear of your dad's death especially this time of year. You and your family will be in our prayers.

Jon Damaska Dec 23 2009 12:00 AM

May God bless and enrich your live in this time of greef. I remember fondly working with the Olsons in Jr. Camp, what a precious time that was. May the love of Christ fill your hearts during this season of the year. Ted Dockter

Rev. Ted Dockter Dec 22 2009 12:00 AM

Each of us have lost our fathers. We share in your grief, but we rejoice that God had a place prepared for Henry!

Dale & Helen Emery Dec 22 2009 12:00 AM