Roger Allan Olson, 77, of Kenyon, died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at his home in Kenyon.
He was born Nov. 6, 1935, in Hawley, Minn., in Clay County, the son of William N. and Esther (Peterson) Olson. He was baptized and confirmed at Hawley Lutheran Church. He attended elementary school and graduated from Hawley High School in 1953. He graduated from Concordia College in 1957, attended the University of Minnesota
and received a master's degree from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
He married Maurine Alma Eiken on June 8, 1957, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Bertha, Minn. Roger served as a high school biology and physical education teacher and football coach at Butterfield-Odin High School; high school principal and driver's education instructor at Gary, Minn.; high school principal at Brooten-Belgrade; and high school principal, classroom teacher and driver's ed instructor at Kenyon. He also coached junior high girls basketball, track and cross country. He later taught out of the Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center (St. Cloud State University) the Driver Improvement Program for drivers older than 55 for Kenyon-Wanamingo Community Education.
Roger enjoyed reading (nonfiction, Civil War, World War I, travel), photography, fishing, traveling (all 50 states), National Parks and the lake cabin northwest of Park Rapids. He took great joy in his annual fishing trip fly-in to Howey Bay, Ontario, Canada.
Roger was a member and usher at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, held memberships and served as officer in Sons of Norway, Lion's Club, Faribault Pilot's Association, Southeast and Minnesota Principal's Association and was named honorary member of Kenyon FFA. He was a member of Kenyon Ambulance (15 years) and American Red Cross, especially post-Hurricane Katrina, which deeply influenced his life.
He is survived by his wife, Maurine Olson, of Kenyon; four sons, David (Amy) Olson, of Cold Spring, Mark Olson, of Twin Valley, Paul Olson, of Blooming Prairie, and John Olson, of Kenyon; 10 grandchildren, Ryan, Michaela, Lucas, Elijah Olson, Evan, Cameron, Collier, Gyhre Olson, Kyle Olson and Orion Olson; two great-grandsons, Vincent and Albert; two great-granddaughters, Bella and Aubrey; brother, Earl Olson, of Colfax, N.D.; brother-in-law, John (Nanette) Eiken, of Delano; nephews, Daron Olson, Todd (Julie) Eiken and Shawn (Dena) Eiken; and nieces, Kathy (Mike) Goldberg and Tracy Latta.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marian Cunningham Wilder; daughter-in-law, Stacy Olson; and sister-in-law, Arla Olson.
Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home in Kenyon on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, from 3 to 5 p.m. and at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenyon on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. Funeral services will be Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at 11 a.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenyon, with the Rev. Luther Mathsen officiating. Interment will be in the Kenyon Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to First Evangelical Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, Rochester Chapter of the American Red Cross or donor's choice.