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James “Mike” Michael Olson

James “Mike” Michael Olson, age 60 of Akeley, and formerly of Lester Prairie, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005 at his residence.

Mike was born June 1, 1945 in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Vernon Dale and Ann Elaine (Power) Olson. He attended many Minneapolis metro area schools.  

He entered the U.S. Navy June 27, 1962, and completed four years of active naval duty service. He then served two more years in the Naval Reserves, being honorably discharged June 26, 1968.

Mike lived in Victoria from 1966 until 1971, Lester Prairie from 1971 until 1987, and again, in Victoria from 1987 until 2000, at which time he moved to Akeley.  

Mike worked as a carpenter the majority of his life, and was employed by Jones and Onteweller Construction Company and the M. A. Mortenson Construction Company. He retired in 2000.   

Mike was united in marriage to Joan Marie Gnirke in November of 1964, and was blessed with two daughters, Deborah and Christine.  Mike and Joan were married for 23 years before they were divorced.

He later met Rolayne Burton, and they were together for over 17 years.  Rolayne died Sept. 30, 2005.

An avid fisherman, Mike also loved hunting deer, grouse, pheasants, and ducks.  

He was a member of the Akeley VFW Post 8508, where he was currently serving as commander. He was a member of the Old Guard, representing the Navy; and also a member of the 40 et 8.

Mike is survived by his two daughters, Deborah (Jonathon) Posusta of Lester Prairie, and Christine (Alex) Michalski of Moose Lake; grandchildren Derek and Jenaya Posusta of Lester Prairie;  and Trevor and Alex Michalski, Jr. of Moose Lake;  his brother, Timothy (Julie) Olson of Brownton;  five sisters: Ann Marie Keiser of Plymouth, Karen Page of Bloomington, Lynn (John) Otteson of Hutchinson, Jill (Ron) Knick of Brownton, and Judy (Jerry) Berke of Hugo; 23 nieces and nephews; and 29 great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his infant son, Dale Robert Olson; his longtime special friend, Rolayne Burton; and brothers-in-law Harvey Page and Joe Keiser.

Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, Oct. 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of The Pines Catholic Church in Nevis, with the Rev. Fr. Duane Pribula serving as the celebrant.

Visitation took place Friday evening, Oct. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Our Lady of The Pines Catholic Church in Nevis, with a 7 p.m. prayer service; and continued for one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday.  

Interment was at the Akeley City Cemetery. The Old Guard and the All Veterans Ceremonial Burial Team provided military honors.  

Active casket bearers were John Keiser, Keith Larson, Jacob Knick, Scott Page, Justin Olson, and Mike Otteson.  A lunch reception at the Akeley VFW Club followed the burial services.  

The Cease Family Funeral Home of Nevis handled the arrangements.  


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