Edgar Leonard Olander Jr., age 81, of Northfield, formerly of Cokato, died Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at Reflections-Care Suites on the Three Links Campus in Northfield.
He was born Aug. 8, 1928, in San Francisco Township, Carver County, to Edgar and Esther (Johnson) Olander. Edgar was baptized and confirmed at East Union Lutheran Church, attended a one-room country school, and graduated from Waconia High School in 1946.
He then attended Mankato State Teachers College and accepted his first teaching position in Bellingham, MN.
Edgar was drafted into the US Army in February 1951, and served at Port Townsend, WA.
Following his honorable discharge in February 1953, he took a teaching position in Beaver Creek, MN, where, along with teaching, he served as principal, basketball coach, and librarian.
He then moved to Cokato to serve as principal, and that is where he met Mary Jeanne Wright. They married Aug. 16, 1958, at Cokato Ev. Lutheran Church.
After marriage, they lived in Cokato and during that time (1960), Edgar received his master of arts degree from the University of Minnesota.
In 1964, they moved to St. Peter, and Edgar served as St. Peter High School principal until retiring in 1986.
Following retirement, Edgar and Mary moved to Hackensack, where they enjoyed 22 years of retirement living on Birch Lake. They moved to Northfield in October 2008.
Edgar was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hackensack. He was also a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the American Legion.
Edgar and Mary enjoyed traveling in the southwestern United States in the winter. Edgar also enjoyed fishing and socializing with friends. He was outgoing, optimistic, and had a great sense of humor.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Mary; three children: Tana and husband Rock Kelly of Northfield, Tara and husband Norman Lind of New Brighton, and Thomas and companion Barb Comare of Walla Walla, WA; three grandchildren: Cameron, Devin and Lauren; his sister, Vernis Strom of Chanhassen; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Corrine Hasse.
Funeral services were Saturday, April 3 at 11 a.m. at East Union Lutheran Church, near Carver, with visitation for one hour prior to the funeral at the church. The Rev. Brian Mundt officiated, followed by interment with military honors at East Union Lutheran Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Rock Kelly, Cameron Kelly, Norman Lind, Richard Evanson, Jeff Miller and Kent Hasse.
Arrangements were with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield.