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James R. Olson Sept. 21, 1947 - May 14, 2009

BELGRADE -- James R. Olson, 61, of Columbia Heights, died Thursday at his home. 

The service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Big Grove Lutheran Church near Belgrade. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Johnson Funeral Home in Belgrade and for one hour before the service at the church.

He was born on Sept. 21, 1947, in Glenwood to Loren and Betty (Fauskee) Olson. He attended a small country school near Brooten. The family moved to Columbia Heights when he was in the fourth grade. He graduated from Columbia Heights High School. He then attended Anoka-Ramsey Junior College and received his associate's degree.

He continued to live in the family home in Columbia Heights after the rest of the family had moved back to the Belgrade-Brooten area. He worked for Larson Manufacturing in Fridley for more than 30 years. His plan was to retire this fall.

He is survived by his parents of Brooten; siblings: Judy (and Craig) Booth of Goodridge, Roger of Brooten, Lynette Olson of Alexandria, Kathy (and Brent) Woods of Dent, Dan of Belgrade and Mariann Olson of Coon Rapids.