Gary L. Olson

Gary L. Olson
Date of Birth: October 03, 1937
Died on: July 25, 2019

Gary passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019, surrounded by his family at his home in Bath.

Gary was born on October 3, 1937, in Britton, SD to Leonard and Ardis (Vickers) Olson. He grew up on the family farm and attended grade school in Claremont, SD until the third grade. He then went to country school in Cambria Township and graduated from Columbia High School in Columbia, SD in 1956.

After graduation Gary entered the US Army on October 3, 1956 and was Honorably discharged on July 2, 1958. After returning home he farmed until his retirement in 2015.

Gary married Bernice Bartel on March 22, 1963 at Merricourt, ND. To this union four children were born- Brenda, Twyla, Thad, and Travis. He was a beloved husband to Bernice for 56 years.

Gary was a board member for Northern Electric for nine years, then he was on the board with Heartland Consumer Power District of Madison, SD for 16 years, and a member of the VFW of Mellette post 0151. He was also a member of the Good Guys Car Club.

Gary enjoyed farming, drag racing, NASCAR, playing poker and his winters in Arizona with his wife. He also enjoyed old cars and car shows with his favorite car being his 1937 Chrysler.

Grateful for having shared Gary’s life are his wife, Bernice Olson, of 56 years; children: Brenda Lane, Aurora, Co, Twyla (Kirby) Johnson, Rapid City, SD, Thad (Lisa) Olson, Centerville, SD, Travis (Dolly) Olson, Bath, SD, and Val (Cathy) Breitag, Carthage, MO; grandchildren: Jake Fritz, Austin Fritz, Symone Olson, Nina (Jerad) Summers, Blade Olson, and Tyler Breitag; and great grandchildren: Harper Summers and Kyle Breitag.

Preceding Gary in death are his parents, Leonard and Ardis and father and mother-in-law, Rudolf and Martha Bartel.

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