Eugene "Swede" Olson, age 94, of Gayville, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota.
Memorial services are 10:30 AM, on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Gayville Lutheran Church with Pastors Ben and Kristen Eisele officiating. Burial will be in the Gayville Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Swede Olson was born December 7, 1923 in Gayville, South Dakota to Alfred and Alice (Welch) Olson. He graduated from Gayville High School in 1944 and then was drafted into the United States Army. After his discharge, Swede returned to Gayville and started working with his father at Olson Trucking. On June 8, 1952, he married Ardys Lee at Vangen Lutheran Church in Mission Hill, SD. After their marriage, Swede worked for Standard Oil which later became Amoco Oil, hauling fuel and gas to many area farmers. He retired in 1987. Swede was an active member of his community, church and the American Legion where he was recognized for 70 years of membership in 2016. He had many interests in life, including fishing, golfing, bowling, ice skating, woodworking and listening to music. Above all, Swede loved his family and treasured the time spent with them.
He is survived by his wife, Ardys Olson of Gayville; three daughters: Cathy (Tom) Schaefer of Minnetonka, MN, Cyndi Beers of Gayville and Cheri (Larry) Buffington of Gayville; four grandchildren: Ryan Schaefer, Alice (Joel) Vos, Luke and Maren Buffington.
Swede was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marilyn (Jim) Orton; son-in-law, Dale Beers; and grandson, Lee Buffington.
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Our love and sympathy to Ardys and all the family. Know that we love you and we loved Swede. What a privilege to have known this fine man.
Jack & Mary Mortenson
I hope you don't mind me sharing a story about Swede! We lived nextdoor to the Olson's for 20+ years and in that time there were lots of lawn discussions. Both of our yawns over the years had problems with moles. I think Swede was always on the lookout for them. I'm in the house one morning and I can hear thumping, okay not anything to be worried about, but the thumping continued for several minutes. I look out the front window and see this long pipe going up and down, I'm going to say it was probably 10ft or more. The funny thing was I couldn't see Swede, just the pipe! I finally decided to open the front door and stepped out. Here is Swede with the pipe and he's thumping it on the ground. He stops, looks at me and says, "I think I got that mole!" Apparently he had been watching the mole make a tunnel next to the driveway. But when the dirt started to mound Swede was there with his handy pipe to try and take care of that mole. I'm pretty sure he took care of it!
Know that your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Kathi & Steve Larson
Ardys and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I think I've known Swede all of my life. He was so nice to our family; I'm blessed to have known him. He answered questions I had after my father passed away. Truly a kind gentleman. My condolences.
So my Mom(Bernice Sorensen) and our family, Ron and Jan Jackie, and Tammy and Mike have been thinking about all of you and sending our sympathies.Mom has so many memories of Swede and Ardys . Dinners shared, Church , golf and many good times. Jan and Ron always looked forward to visiting when home from Wisconsin.
Especially the cinnamon rolls!!!! What a wonderful husband , father and friend. He will surely be missed.
Adrys & Family, So sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We remember wonderful times with you both. Swede delivered a lot of gas to us in Mission Hill.
George Jean Gunderson
Ardys and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. He will be truly missed by many. Thinking and sending prayers to you and your family.
I'm so sorry for the loss of your dad, Cyndi. My prayers to your family...
Swede was a wonderful, caring person. We so enjoyed our conversations with him over the years and are thankful for his kind influence in our extended family. Much love to Ardys and the family.
Julie & Tres Conrique
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