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David P. Olson

The Rev. Dr. David Paul Olson, 73, died Feb. 12, 2016, after a nine month battle with cancer at The Neighborhoods at Brookview in Brookings. Visitations will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19 at Ascension Lutheran Church in Brookings, with a prayer service following. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ascension Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the Groton (SD) Union Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Ascension Lutheran Church (Memo Line: Debt Reduction) or SDSU Foundation (Memo Line: Endowed Chair for Dean of Nursing).

David was born in Sioux Falls, SD to Arthur H. and Irma (Israel) Olson on February 7, 1943. He grew up in Groton, SD. David was an excellent student and earned seven degrees in a variety of areas. His four graduate degrees were an M. Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, an MSW (in Community Development) from Washington University, St. Louis, an M. Ed. From Kansas State University, and PhD in Sociology from South Dakota State University (SDSU).

David was employed in a variety of positions over his career. He served as a Community Developer in University City, MO; Development Officer for the Lutheran Music Program; Director of Community Development for the Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance; and Community Development Program Director for SDSU Extension.

He married Roberta (Knickrehm) Olson on August 28, 1965 in Groton, SD. They lived in St. Louis, MO; Overland Park, KS, and returned to Brookings, SD in 1994 when Roberta became Dean of Nursing at SDSU.

David and Roberta have two sons: Aaron and Daniel. Aaron (Katherine), Amelia, and Milo Monagle-Olson, Berkeley, CA. Daniel (Cathryn) and Gregory Olson, Timonium, MD. He leaves behind a sister, Julie Olson Berry and her children, Dr. Tania Berry, Cia and Mackenson; Christopher (Laurie) Berry, Peter and Katie; Nathan (Erin) Berry, Lucy and Caroline; and David Berry. David was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Irma Olson, his parents-in-law, Robert and Inez Knickrehm, two stillborn daughters, and brother-in-law, Jack Berry.

David will be remembered for his generosity and caregiving to others, love of gardening, and skill with making candles, wine, and beer.




Published in The Argus Leader on Feb. 17, 2016
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