Lenard ""Ole"" Olsen

The memorial service for Lenard "Ole" Olsen will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Schleicher Funeral Homes, Plainview Chapel in Plainview, with the Rev. Dr. Howard M. Reinschmidt officiating. Burial will be in the Elgin Cemetery in Elgin.

Mr. Olsen, 86, of Elgin, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Lenard Maitland Olsen was born July 24, 1927, in Bemidji, to Lenard G. and Bernice (Knaeble) Olsen. He attended school in Bemidji. Ole served in the Merchant Marine from 1943 to 1944, and on Jan. 15, 1946, Ole enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Snelling and served his country proudly until his discharge on July 1, 1947. On Feb. 4, 1949, Lenard married Lucille Spring at Trinity Lutheran Church in Elgin. After their marriage, they lived in Elgin.

Ole was employed by the U.S. Postal Service and was the postmaster for Elgin from 1963-1980. During this time, he also served on the Elgin Fire Department from 1956-1982, and served as fire chief for many years. He also was a gun training Instructor and a Boy Scout Master. In 1980, he served the U.S. Postal Service as postal supervisor in Portland, Ore., until 1989 when he returned to Elgin. Ole then drove school bus for Kurth Busing, and served on the Elgin City Council from Jan. 1, 2001 to February 2005.

Ole enjoyed spending time hunting, traveling, picture taking, fishing, card playing, woodworking, in which he won the "Golden Hammer Award" for building a china cabinet. He especially loved spending his time with family.

Ole is survived by his two daughters, Judy (Norman) Peterson of Rochester and Laurie Olsen of Plainview; five grandchildren, Eric (Lara) Peterson, Scott (Tammy) Peterson, Kari Peterson, Kelly (Bill) Rahman and Amy (Chad) Schumacher; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harold "Smokey" (Donna) Olsen of Roseburg, Ore., and Robert (Caroline) Olsen of Tillamook, Ore.; three sister-in-laws, Ione Jacobs of Plainview, Jeanette (Donald) Quam of Rochester and Eileen Spring of Lake City; and two brother-in-laws, LuVern (Susan) Spring of Elgin and Milton Lund of Cherry Grove.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Lucille on Sept. 25, 1978, two sisters and two brothers. 

Friends and family may visit from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Schleicher Funeral Homes, Plainview Chapel in Plainview, and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Thursday.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, Plainview Chapel, 10 E. Broadway, PO Box 608, Plainview, MN 55964, 507-534-2353.

Guest register may be signed online at schleicherfuneralhomes.com.

Funeral Home

Schleicher Funeral Homes & Cremation Services - Plainview
10 East Broadway PO Box 608  Plainview, MN 55964

Published in The Post-Bulletin on Oct. 22, 2013