Dean Burton Ernest Olson, age 86, of Cokato, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at the Cokato Manor.
He was born June 15, 1924, in Stockholm Township, to Ernest and Amelia Olson.
Dean grew up around the restaurant business his parents owned.
He graduated from Cokato High School in 1943, and then served in the Navy for four years.
Dean married Impie Kotila Aug. 7, 1948, and they had four children.
Dean and Impie worked side-by-side most of their 62 years together. They co-owned the Dairy Dip in Dassel with Ernest and Amelia, and later bought the Cokato Short Stop Drive-In.
In Colorado, Dean ran the restaurants in three different Auto Auctions, which included catering parties. When he returned to Minnesota, he bought the Log Cabin on Hwy 12, and also the catering truck for Lampi Auctions.
He also co-owned the Northwoods Inn and Saloon with his son, Ron, and Ron’s wife, Betty.
Dean liked to travel and be involved in many business adventures. In his early years, with his family, he lived in Redwood City, CA; Boulder, CO; Cokato; Denver and Arvada, CO; then back to South Haven, where he and Impie lived on Lake Sylvia.
After retirement, they enjoyed traveling to Yuma, AZ for the winter months.
Dean had a way with people, and he enjoyed their company. He was a good visitor to people anytime or anywhere.
Dean had a great sense of humor. He loved jokes, fishing, enjoyed a pull tab or two, was kind, and had a tremendous amount of patience. He made a lasting impression on anyone he met.
Dean is survived by his wife, Impie of Cokato; his four children: Randy of Casper, WY, Ron (Betty) of Cokato, Jane (Lyle) of Cokato, and Kevin (Lorraine) of Casper, WY; five grandchildren: Patrick (Monica) of Casper, WY, Rick of Cokato, Jessie (Jeremy) of Annandale, Heidi of Cokato, and Josh of Dassel; and five great-grandchildren.
He is further survived by a sister, Jean (Rod) Petitt of Sauk Centre.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents; daughter- in-law Tracie; and grandson Jacob.
A funeral service took place Monday, Nov. 22 at North Crow River Lutheran Church, Cokato.
Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato.