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Dale Roger OLSETH

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Age 83 ~ Of Hopkins Passed away February 11, 2014 Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Nancy; son David; and brother Neal. Survived by children Cheryl Olseth (James Empson) of Mpls., Karen (Jeremy) Solomon of Portland, OR, Jon Olseth (Marypat Anderson) of Mankato; grandchildren Ingmar, Gunnar, Beatrice, Finn, Eleanor, Ian, Gus, Abraham, Caspar; brother Bruce (Jan) Olseth of Bloomington. Dale graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1952 with a BA in Business Administration, MBA degree from Dartmouth College in 1956, Honorary Doctor of Law from the U of M in 2004. He served as President and CEO of Tonka Corporation 1971-1976, Medtronic Inc 1976-1985 and Surmodics 1986-2005. Dale was a SAE Gentleman, 100% Gopher fan and 100% Norwegian. He was a true believer in family, education and community. Dale served on the board of numerous local businesses and non-profits, including the University Foundation, St. Olaf College, Sister Kenney and the Minnesota Orchestra. He was the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the U of M Outstanding Achievement Award, Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year, MN Chapter of National Society of Fund-Raising Executives and the United Way Distinguished Service Award. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Gianna Homes, 4605 Fairhills Road East, Minnetonka 55345, or Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Hopkins. Funeral Service 11:00 AM Wednesday, February 19 with visitation starting 9:30 AM at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 500 Blake Road South, Hopkins 55343. Private interment Lakewood Cemetery. www.Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996
Published in Pioneer Press from Feb. 13 to Feb. 16, 2014
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