James R. Olds Jr.

Excelsior, Minnesota


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James Olds passed away in Excelsior, Minnesota. Funeral Home Services for James are being provided by Huber Funeral Home. The obituary was featured in Star Tribune on February 10, 2013.

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I am very sad to say good bye to a dear friend Jim Olds this week; as we met to recognize his recent death, but also celebrate his life at a ceremony in Excelsior.

I spent most of my youth working for Jim and also rented the basement apartment from him, essentially living with him for ten years, as did my brother and many other friends at different times.

Jim was a very dear friend of mine and he will be missed by me and many others. Although I did not see Jim as much...

Who didn't know "Tiger" if they went to school or lived in or near Excelsior? What a great friend to have. Our fathers were both merchants on Excelsior's Water Street and Jim carried on the great tradition of the "Olds Dry Goods" store. I was a small part of Jim's Jazz Quartet along with Dan Graham and Larry Henke. What great times we had sharing the spectacular Lake Minnetonka life style and the great friendships that were established and lived on. I read that...

When a best friend of mine, Katherine Mason was alive, she and Bill always had "Jimmy" over for "Friday Pizza Night". I was lucky enough to be included from time to time. How Jimmy made us laugh with his dry sense of humor. He and Katherine were always in stitches!! One time, Jimmy showed us this video he took of himself. He was in his kitchen and set up the camera. He then proceeded to be really active and SLOWLY wiped his counter off. We could not stop laughing. ...

My fist "real" job was at Olds Dry Goods.I will always have the good memories of Roger, Betty, & now Jim.

I did not know Jim Well but knew of his commitment to his Excelsior to make it the best it could be while preserving it's heritage.Our parents were both friends and had a business relationship. On behalf of the cliff and kay Bakko family I want to say we are so sorry and we thank you for all you have done for our Home Town and the kindness you gave to all.

The Olds family were a much loved and honored family of Excelsior..thanks Jim for your love and support of your beloved city.

I have known Jim and his quiet thoughtful ways my whole life. I can't believe I will never see him again somewhere in Excelsior. Wonderfully kind guy!

I had the great fortune of working for Jim at Olds Dry Goods and to this day I view it as the best job I ever had. It was because of Jim and the entire Olds family, they made everyone who worked at Dry Goods feel like a part of their family. I met Jim in 1970 and I can honestly say that I never saw him have a bad day, when you were with Jim you too would have a great day. Thank you Jim for your wonderful friendship, you will be missed.

I was a renter in Jim's famous basement apartment...I don't think that there was no one in Excelisor that had not worked for Jim or rented from him.. Mister Dapper