In loving memory of

Jerry A. Olson
September 18, 1937 - April 25, 2022

Jerry A. Olson, 84, of Rochester, MN passed away April 25, 2022 at the Olmsted Medical Center Hospital in Rochester, MN.

Jerry Allen Olson was born September 18, 1937 in New Richland, Minnesota, the son of Arvil and Inga (Ausen) Olson. He graduated in 1955 from New Richland High School. Jerry entered into the United States Air Force in 1955 and served for four years. He was stationed overseas serving in Korea, Germany and France. Following his time in the Air Force, he worked at Streater Store Fixtures in Albert Lea. He continued his education at Austin Area Vocational School and earned a two year degree in engineering. He was then employed as an electrical technician at IBM for 31 years. Following his retirement from IBM, he attended Minnesota Riverland Technical College and earned a certificate in truck driving. He worked as a truck driver for a farmer and also spent 10 years driving for Rochester City Delivery.

Jerry was united in marriage to Lois Brewer on August 28, 1960 in Mansfield, MN they were blessed with three children. He was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and spent countless hours volunteering and serving on the ushering team. He enjoyed fishing, camping, and golf and recently achieved a hole in one.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Olson of 61 years of Rochester, MN; children, Alan Olson of Minneapolis, MN, Nancy Olson of Eagle, CO and Steven (Angela) Olson of Wahoo, NE; three grandchildren, Rochelle (Luke) Janning, Carleigh Olson, and Braedenn Olson; one great-grandchild, Merrick Olson; brothers and sisters, Don (Ruby) Olson, Rodger Olson, Russell (Simone) Olson, Gilman (Jean) Olson, Marilyn (Bob) Petersen, Glen Olson, and Audry Olson; loyal cat companion, Ginger; many nephews, nieces, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Delores.

Funeral services for Jerry will be held Friday, May 6 at 10:30am at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 1212 12th Ave NW, Rochester, MN with Pastor Hayden Kvamme officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 5 from 5-7pm at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Please wear blue to the service as it was Jerry's favorite color.

Interment will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, MN with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Alzheimer's Association, or a charity of the donor's choice.

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Carroll Aasen Jr wrote on May 6, 2022:

"Always heard of Jerry & Lois visiting my parents, stopping for coffee & conversation. My parents really appreciated all of their visits, even after my dad passed, they would stop to see Mom. For me, Jerry was one of 40 1st cousins on the Aasen-Ausen side, a close fun family. RIP cousin Jerry. I know you left this world leaving many great memories with many people, especially your family."

wanda wrote on May 5, 2022:

"My Dad thought a lot of Jerry. He liked visiting the shop....Wanda Zodrow"

Marc & JoAnn Lream wrote on May 2, 2022:

"Dearest Lois, Steve & Family Members Of Jerry: Our Deepest Sympathies on the loss of a former neighbor who always had a smile on his face!! We shared neighbor hood gatherings over the years & oh how we have seen the changes!! Am sure Jerry was greeted by former neighbors that all enjoyed each other?s company!! Remember the Super Bowl Parties hosted by Footh?s & Summer Gatherings @ Doris & Kenny Keefe? Fond Fond Memories!! Marc & JoAnn Pream"

ROGER & DARLENE RISHAVY wrote on Apr 29, 2022:

"So sorry to hear of Jerry's passing will always remember his great smile! Prayers for you Lois and your family!"

GARY BERG wrote on Apr 29, 2022:

"Miss all the conversations we had at the Barber Shop. Talking about growing up on the farm, to remembering old friends and classmates from New Richland. Goodbye old friend, Gary and Nancy Berg"

SANNY AND CURT wrote on Apr 29, 2022:

"Dear Lois and family, Our hearts are so broken. We have lost a very dear friend. So many wonderful memories of times together esp. all the trips to Europe and Fishing trips, times with Rene and Daryl. Jerry was always smiling. We truly will miss him. One wonderful person. Our deepest sympathy to you, Lois and to all your family"