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Kermit P. Olson

Kermit P. Olson May 7, 1923 - Nov. 9, 2013

SUNBURG - Kermit P. Olson, 90, of Sunburg, died Saturday, November 9th at GlenOaks Care Center in New London. His funeral will be 11:00 am, Thursday, November 14th at East Norway Lake Lutheran Church, rural New London. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Wednesday at the church and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.

Kermit was born in Clinton, Minnesota on May 7, 1923, the son of Selmer and Rhoda (Johnson) Olson and he was baptized in the Lutheran faith on May 27, 1923.

The family moved to the Belgrade area where he attended country school through the 8th grade and Kermit was confirmed at Crow River Lutheran Church. Following his schooling, Kermit stayed on the farm and farmed with his father. In 1947, he moved to Redwood Falls where he began working for his brother-in-law at Stroms Skelly. In 1949, Kermit started working for Zaske Construction as a truck driver and later as a mechanic. In about 1953, he went to work for a paving company in Minneapolis.

On December 7, 1963, he was united in marriage to Vernita Netland at East Norway Lake Lutheran Church, rural New London. Kermit continued to work in Minneapolis for a year before moving onto the Netland farm in Norway Lake Township where Vernita and her five sons were living. Kermit farmed until retiring in 1990 but remained on the farm until moving into the Personal Care Suites at GlenOaks Care Center in New London in 2010. In July of this year, Kermit moved into GlenOaks Care Center.

Kermit was a member of East Norway Lake Lutheran Church where he had served on the church council and also helped as an usher. He also had served on the Norway Lake Township Board.

His family remembers his kindness and patience. He enjoyed old-time music, dancing, and playing cards as well as cribbage. While he was on the farm and if he wasnt farming, you could always find Kermit in his shop fixing this or that. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years.

Surviving Kermit are his sons, Bruce (and Merry) Netland of Pennock; Wayne (and Denise) Netland of Pennock; Larry (and Louise) Netland of New Ulm; Arlen Netland of Brooten and Galen (and special friend, Martina) Netland of Quinlan, TX; 11 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother-in-law, Gordon (and Muriel) Strom of Willmar; two nieces, Lois (and Dallas) Kreps and Kerry (and Maynard) Rohner and two nephews, Steven (and Kathy) Strom and David (and Lisa) Strom.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Vernita in 2004; sisters, Clarice Strom and Stella Olson and brother-in-law, Dennis Olson.