Roger L. Olson (1945 - 2009)

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On July 16, 2009, our beloved son, father, grandfather and friend passed away at his home in Harrison.

Roger LeRoy Olson was born March 5, 1945, in Graceville, Minn., to Leslie and Sally Olson. He was raised in Three Forks, where he graduated from Three Forks High School in 1963.

In 1966 he married Susan Ranney; they had two daughters, Sharon Olson and Karen Courtney.

Roger earned his elementary education degree at Western Montana College in Dillon, then he taught school in Harrison and Ennis. Later he and Susan divorced.

In 1976 he married Sheila Olson; they had two daughters, Sara Olson and Rachel Olson, and one son, Morgan Olson. The family later moved to Billings.

After Roger and Sheila divorced, he moved to Newcomb, N.M. Once again he began teaching at the Newcomb Elementary, Middle School and High School until he retired in 2004.

After he retired, Roger moved back to his favorite town, Harrison. He continued to substitute teach at the local school. He had a strong passion for teaching students and felt much rewarded in watching his students learn and grow.

Roger was active in the Masonic Order, Mount Jefferson No. 56 A.F.A.M. in Pony. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite in Livingston.

When he wasn't teaching he enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends. He would enjoy having his grandchildren, family and friends come over and stay with him as well. Often Roger could be found having coffee with his friends in Pony or at the local cafe, where he would share humorous jokes and anecdotes. We will always cherish his favorite phrase, "While you are up…"

Roger is survived by his mother, Sally Olson of Three Forks; sister, Karen (Jack) O'Donnell of Billings; daughters, Sharon Olson of Great Falls, Karen (Ben) Courtney of Anaconda, Sara Olson of Minneapolis, Minn., Rachel Olson of Minneapolis, Minn.; son, Morgan (Amber) Olson of Frazee, Minn.; five grandchildren, Trever Bengtson, Kristian King, Michelle Courtney, Noah Olson and Elijah Olson; and two nieces, Rose Marie Olson and Shelby (O'Donnell) Machowski.

Roger was preceded in death by his father, Leslie Olson; his brother, Dennis Olson; and two grandsons, Benjamin and William Courtney.

The family is planning a remembrance memorial service to be held next summer.

Funeral services were arranged by K&L Mortuaries of Harrison.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be sent in Roger's memory to the Harrison Public School or to the Harrison Fire Department.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 24, 2009
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