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Richard Douglas Olson

Richard Douglas Olson

EAGAN - Richard Douglas "Doug" Olson, was born on February 24, 1939, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Norman and Phyllis Olson, and was the second of four children. In Dec. 1945, his family moved to Willmar, MN, where he grew up and graduated from high school in 1957. He held numerous jobs as a student, was very active in vocal music, and developed an interest in art. He attended Lutheran Brethren Bible College for one year and was part of a traveling choir and quartet. A year later he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he earned recognition as a member of the United States Army Air Defense Command Choral Group (USARADCOM). He had the privilege of singing and performing in major cities and important venues across the country. It was a highlight of his life. After being honorably discharged in the spring of 1962, Doug enrolled at St. Cloud State University where he met Carol Gause. They married on August 22, 1964. To this union were born two daughters and one son. He transferred to Moorhead State to finish his degree, majoring in speech with a minor in art. He began working at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. His public relations career started at the State Hospital in Faribault, MN, and he transferred to the Department of Tourism for the State of Minnesota, retiring in 2000. Doug was a longtime member of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren, attending Ebenezer Church for over 30 years where he loved singing in the choir and serving on various committees. He also helped plant and establish LB churches in Rochester and Eagan, MN. He was passionate about Inspiration Point Bible Camp, serving on the board for several years and attending family camp most summers. His other interests included working on his old cars, sailing, and traveling. The past sixteen years, he thoroughly loved being a grandpa to his nine grandchildren. Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Phyllis; brother, Kerry; and nephew, Jonathan. He is survived by his wife, Carol; sisters, Joyce (DeVane) and Charis (Doug); sister-in-law, Kathy; daughters, Melanne (David) & Barbara (Bret); son, Jeff (Liz); grandchildren, Micah, Danica, Brady, Abby, Drake, Hannah, Grace, Bryson and Mason; and many nieces and nephews. Doug has been laid to rest with military honors at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.