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Robert R. "Bob" Olsen

1932 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Robert R. "Bob" Olsen Obituary
Robert "Bob" R. Olsen, 80

St. Cloud

Oct. 3, 1932 - Aug. 17, 2013

Robert "Bob" Roy Olsen, age 80, St. Cloud, MN died Saturday, August 17, 2013 at St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud, MN. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, MN and one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. Burial with full military honors will be in Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls, MN.

Bob was born October 3, 1932 in Rice Lake, WI to Casper and Verna (Tucker) Olsen. He married E. LaVonne "Vonnie" Engesser on February 21, 1953 in St. Peter, MN. Bob served in the US Navy from 1951 - 1955. He served two tours aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex during the Korean War. After discharge from the Navy he earned a Bachelors of Science Degree from Mankato State University in 1958 and a Masters of Science Degree in 1964. Bob taught in the Albert Lea Public School System from 1958-1964. He moved his family to St. Cloud in July of 1964. Bob was a School Counselor at South Jr. High School from 1964-1972; he then transferred to the St. Cloud Technical College as a Counselor in the Admission and Counseling Office, retiring on May 31, 1991. Bob was a life member of Minnesota Education Association and the National Education Association, Life member of VFW Post 428, member of the Sons of Norway, Education Minnesota Retired, and Salem Lutheran Church.

Bob enjoyed traveling, especially to Norway and Mexico. Time at the cabin with his family was treasured, where he could feed the ducks, fish, hunt and make the best egg coffee around. At home he was happy spending time in his porch, watching and feeding the birds and squirrels.

Bob's love was his wife of 60 years, Vonnie. He also loved spending time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren who were his pride and joy. Bob had a smile for everyone, a love for all children, and a witty sense of humor. He was a kind and gentle soul, and our memories of him will always be cherished.

Survivors include his wife, Vonnie Olsen of St. Cloud; children, Steven (Debra Ost) Olsen of Mendota Heights, MN and their children, Kristian (Leah) Ost Olsen, Matthew (Jenne) Ost Olsen, Lauren Ost Olsen; Robbin Olsen of Cambridge, MN and her children, Aaron (Amanda) Benes, Kelley Benes; Therese Melrose of St. Cloud, MN and her daughter, Ellen Melrose; Kimberly (Dan) Ellenbecker of Stillwater, MN and their children, Stefani Ellenbecker, Ben Ellenbecker, Chloe Ellenbecker; one sister, Carolyn Roatch of Franklin, TN; and mother-in-law, Gracie Engesser Paquette of St. Peter, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Cloud Salvation Army or Salem Lutheran Church Youth Group.


Published in the St. Cloud Times from Aug. 18 to Aug. 19, 2013
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