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Russell K. Olson, 83

Russell K. Olson, age 83, of Mayer, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.

He was born Aug. 11, 1926, in Marysville Township, the son of Carl and Ida (Bodin) Olson. Russell was baptized in December of 1926 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Buffalo.

He attended country schools through the eighth grade.

Russell was confirmed Sept. 15, 1940, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo by the Rev. Arthur Schell.

He remained on the farm with his parents until he was drafted into the service in November of 1943. Russell served in Mindanao, Lyte and the South Pacific as a master gunner, and received a World War II victory medal. He was honorably discharged Nov. 27, 1946.

Russell was united in marriage to Rosella “Sally” Hartwig Feb. 23, 1952, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. William Anderson officiating. The couple spent their married life on the Hartwig homestead.

Russell was self-employed as a milk truck driver for Bongards Creamery for 38 years.

In his spare time, he enjoyed going fishing, hunting, and sight seeing with the love of his life, Sally.

Russell was a member of the Waconia American Legion Post 150.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Ida Olson; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Louis and Elsie Hartwig.

Russell is survived by his loving wife Rosella “Sally;” sisters Evelyn Nichols of Waconia, and Joyce Olson of Chaska; brother Martin Olson of Waconia; sister-in-law Lorraine Jurek of Hutchinson; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was Saturday, Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown, with visitation for two hours prior to the service. The Rev. Beth Johnson officiated. Interment was at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Mayer.

Casket bearers were Kenneth Dreier, Lyle Hartwig, Sheldon Hartwig, C. Tutak, Josh Johnson, Stephanie Johnson, and Ron Hartwig.

Arrangements were handled by the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia. Online condolences to the family are available at www.johnsonfh.com.