Olson, Jerome G. 79, of Belle Plaine passed away June 6, 2011 after battling lung cancer. Jerry died at home, under hospice care, surrounded by loved ones. Jerry was a "full blooded" Minnesotan. Born September 13, 1931 in Cambridge. He lived with his mother Ann and sisters Joyce and Loretta. He continued on to Alexandria, Minneapolis, Burnsville, Shakopee, and Belle Plaine. Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 24 years Gwen, sons Jeff (Mary) and Allan (Heather), grandsons Sawyer and Carter, daughter Janell, former wives Joan and Arlyne, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family and special friends. Preceded in Death by: Parents: Gilbert F. Olson and Mathilda (Ann) Berg, Sisters: Joyce Anderson, Loretta McCord, Brothers-in-law, Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, and Nephews. While in the Navy, Jerry traveled the Northern Pacific ocean aboard the minesweeper USS Apache during the Korean War. He went on to work at Northern States Power (NSP) where he began as a coal handler and worked his way up to management. Jerry retired from NSP after 36 years. He was very proud of his service to his country and his long tenure at NSP. Jerry had many joys. His life was shared with many canine companions including Blackie, Boots, Dyna, Alex, Kaboom, and Gladys. Attending auto races was near the top of his interests with sprint car dirt track racing his favorite. He was especially proud when his son Jeff raced at Elko Speedway. Jerry enjoyed playing cards and was quite good at pinochle, poker and gin rummy. He also enjoyed playing bingo at Mystic Lake Casino. Outside of Minnesota, Jerry's favorite vacation spots included the Black Hills of South Dakota and the desert landscape and Grand Canyon of Arizona. Thanks to the caring staff of Allina Home and Community Service Hospice Care. Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, June 10. Reviewal at 10 AM with service at 11 AM at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, 3611 North Berens Road NW Prior Lake, MN 55372 (952)-230-2988. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Private internment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery Mpls, MN. Cremation Society of Minnesota

Published on June 8, 2011

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