Dorothy K. Olson, age 85, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Avera Yankton Care Center.
Funeral services are 10:00 AM, Saturday, March 29, 2014 at First United Methodist Church in Yankton with Reverend Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 3:00 to 8:00 PM, on Friday, March 28 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton. The family will be present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and a prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Pallbearers are her grandsons: Tyson, Ersel, Nathaniel, Charles and Travis Hayes, Ryan Olson, Robert Lindsey and Dennis Olson. Honorary pallbearers are the River City Harmony.
Dorothy was born September 16, 1928 in Valley, Nebraska to Gustav and Agnes (Nelson) Karlson. At the age of five, the family moved to Mead, Nebraska and Dorothy graduated from Mead High School in 1946. She obtained her secretarial certificate from Sioux Falls College where she met Charles A. Olson. They were later married on April 2, 1949 in Sioux Falls. After their marriage, they lived in Sioux Falls and Dorothy worked at Avera McKennan Hospital in the Register's Office. In 1965, they moved to Yankton. Dorothy was employed as a bookkeeper for the Garden of Memories Cemetery and also worked at Dale Electronics until 1971. Then she began Olson Answering Service. At the peak of her business, she answered phones for over 120 businesses. In 1991, Dorothy became a licensed Bail Bondsman working with Ted Blakey. Dorothy retired from the answering service in 1996 and bail bond business in April 2013.
Dorothy had a love for music and was a charter member of the Sweet Adelines. She had a love for her country and was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary, Eastern Star and Daughters of Rebekah. Dorothy also loved reading and watching the Hallmark Channel. She had a love of people and always enjoyed visiting, especially with the HyVee Breakfast Group. Dorothy loved her family and treasured the times spent with her grandchildren. But most of all, Dorothy had a love for the Lord. That love shined everyday in her kind, generous, gentle but strong willed spirit and in the respect she showed to everyone she met.
Dorothy is survived by four children: Susan (James) Strasburg of Yankton, Tom (Susan) Olson of Tabor, Mary Olson of Yankton and Bruce (Deb) Olson of Beresford; 12 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and special friend, Hoyt Hunnicutt of Sioux Falls.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles on March 3, 1978; and special friend, Ted Blakey.
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To the family of Dorothy Olson,
I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that "Jehovah is close to the brokenhearthat; He saves those who are crushed in spirit." (Psalm 34;18)
Sorry to hear about the loss of your mom.
Norm and Cindy Kleinschmit
I was sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing. I so enjoyed visiting with her when I lived in Yankton. My sympathy to you all
So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother.
I was sorry to hear that Dorothy had passed away. I so enjoyed visiting with her and singing with her and coaching her quartet. I know she had a love for her Lord, as well as for her family. She will be missed by many.
Pastor Dean Trapp
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