Gerald O. Olson was born July 30, 1918 in Jericho, IA to Ole and Julia (Knutson) Olson. After high school Gerald started his welding career at Schwemle Machine Shop where he worked from 1940 until 1947 and farmed for several years. In 1952 he opened Olson Welding Shop in Letcher where he was in business for 40 years. Retirement wasn’t for Gerald, so after he moved to Mitchell, he decided to build another repair shop and continue his work until he was 95. Working was truly his hobby and visiting with his many friends as they stopped by for a quick job. Gardening was also a passion of his.
He is survived by his son, Gerald (Ole) Olson, Kent WA; four daughters: Connie (Loris) Marsden, Covington, WA, Julie (Terry) Greene, Mitchell, Kayleen (Rick) Rust, Ravensdale, WA and Sandra (Randy) Collecchi, Auburn, WA; nine grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, eight greatgrandchildren, three step great-grandchildren, one brother, Clarence (Sally) Olson and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers: Russell, Edward, Calvin and Arthur; mother of his children, Patricia Campbell Olson and a great-grandson, Bode Jackson.