Roger D. Olson
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Roger D. Olson, age 75, of Utica, South Dakota, died Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at Wakonda Heritage Manor in Wakonda, South Dakota.

A memorial service will be 2:00 PM on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota, with Reverend Dani Jo Ninke officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service at the funeral home.

Honorary pallbearers will be Roger's grandchildren.

Roger D. Olson was born January 4, 1941, in Hayti, South Dakota, to Clarence and Evelyn (Chamley) Olson. He graduated from Hayti High School and later married Marilyn Struckman. They moved to Brookings, South Dakota in 1960 and to Yankton, South Dakota in 1965. They had three children: Mark, Brad and Scott. Roger later married LaRue Paulsen in 1976. They moved to the state lake near Utica where they resided all of their 40 years of marriage. He worked at the Human Services Center in Yankton as the head of security for many years.

Roger was known for fishing, hunting, gardening and taxidermy. He was an active volunteer for Skywarn as a weather spotter for many years. He was a hardworking, detail oriented man who was always willing to help anyone.

Survivors include his wife, LaRue Olson of Utica, South Dakota; three children: Mark (Jackie) Olson of Lincoln, Nebraska; Brad (Vicki) Olson of Firth, Nebraska; and Scott (Susan) Olson of Coleridge, Nebraska; three step-children: Claudia (Ron) Sanchez of Forks, Washington; Dan Paulsen of Yankton, South Dakota; and Margo (Tom) Young of Kansas City, Kansas; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Evelyn Olson; brother, Steve Olson; and great granddaughter, Jennifer Olson.


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From Cousin Jim Dahl, Carlsbad, CA I remember Roger from childhood at his Mom & Dad's place in Hayti. My brother Larry and I always looked forward to seeing Roger and his brother Steve. I will always remember the image of Roger showing us his new first born son. He was a very proud father. The Lord will bless him. We will all miss him.

James L. Dahl

So sorry to hear of Rogers passing!


We are so glad we were able to see you 2 weeks ago in the Wakonda home. It was fun to be able to talk over many things that we all did in our youth.

Leighton Knight

Our family is so sad to hear of Roger's passing. At "the cabin", there will never be someone like Roger ---what a great friend. Beaver Lake is going to take a big sigh and say "goodbye Roger", and thanks for all you did----the Reed's all say bye to a great friend. Hard to believe our friend is gone. Great memories.

Chick, Dee, Dona, and Robin

So sorry to hear about Rogers passing! We had a nice visit the last time I saw him in Hayti. So sorry I will be unable to attend his thoughts and prayers will be with you all!

Linda Olson

Roger and I were lifelong friends-as close as we could determine a couple weeks ago, we knew each other for about 70 years: starting with our parents' back and forth visits, threshing crews, then meeting at the creek or his slough for long days of childhood adventure. Then grade school at Hayti #2 and on to high school. The last 20 years we alternated calling each other on our birthdays, his January 4, mine January 3. We joked that the day would come when we would forget whose turn it was to call, but that never happened and will not end: on Janurary 4, 2017, I will walk out in our yard, look up and wish him Happy Birthday! I expect he will respond by making a star twinkle. I was blessed by his friendship.

David Walder

My sympathies to Roger's family. Roger was a great friend to me while I worked at Hy-Vee. For years he would stop in and we would visit about a variety of topics as well as sharing his wealth of knowledge about gardening and many other things. I, too, was blessed with his friendship.

Lynn S.

Enjoyed knowing him through our work at HSC. Very caring man.

Vicky Johnson

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