Doug Arnold Olson

Doug Arnold Olson, age 59 of Lester Prairie, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at his residence. Doug was the owner of Jonio's Restaurant, Lester Prairie, along with his wife, Joni.

A private family funeral service was Monday, May 22, 1 p.m., at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel, Lester Prairie, with the Rev. Loren Yaeger officiating. Interment was in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery, Watertown.

Doug was born the son of Arnold and Dorothy (Paulson) Olson June 12, 1940, in Cambridge, Minn. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church in Cambridge.

After graduating from Cambridge High School in 1958, Doug attended the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1963 with a bachelor of science degree. He then went on to attend William Mitchell Law School for a short time.

Doug and his wife, Joni, owned Jonio's Restaurant, first in Gaylord, then, Winthrop and Sleepy Eye, and currently, in Lester Prairie.

He enjoyed listening to all kinds of music, from blues to bluegrass. Doug also loved to sing karaoke and could do a great imitation of Bob Dylan.

The one thing that Doug was especially known for was his fabulous ability to cook anything and everything. When asked why he was not a big member of any local clubs, Doug would often reply that he was kept busy in the restaurant, stating, "Someone's got to feed them."

At the time of his death, Doug had reached the age of 59 years, 11 months, and six days.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arnold; a brother, Philip Olson; nephew, Yale Griffin; and father-in-law, Gordon Motzko.

Doug is survived by his wife Joni of Lester Prairie; children: Eric Olson of Winthrop, Lynn Badrul Haimi Bakar (husband, Budda) of Eagan, and Jake Motzko of Eden Prairie; grandchildren, Nils and Kathijah; mother, Dorothy Swedeen; sisters, Kathleen Olson of Minneapolis, Karen Aelony (husband, Zev) of Minneapolis, and Sandy Olson of Forest Lake; mother-in-law, Jean Motzko of Watertown, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements were by Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel, Norwood Young America.

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