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Selmer "Sammy" Olson

Memorial services for Selmer "Sammy" Olson of Hancock will be held Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010 at 1 p.m. at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Hancock. Reverend Julius Miller will be officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock, MN.

Selmer Arnold Olson, son of Harold and Caroline (Sevelson) Olson, was born Sept. 21, 1918 in Vanhook, N.D. Sammy's family moved to Clontarf, three days later, where they lived and farmed. Sammy was baptized and confirmed at West Zion Lutheran Church, rural Hancock, where he also attended country school. When Sammy was 18, he went to Ely, where he served in the Civilian Conservation Corp. While serving his two terms he learned how to drive truck. Following his release from the CCC, Sammy returned to Clontarf and used the money he had saved to start Olson Trucking, where he and his brother hauled flax straw, gravel and later grain. On Dec. 28, 1946, he was united in marriage to Ruby Swenson. Following their marriage, they made their home in Hancock, where they raised their three children.

Sammy enjoyed helping his son Mike farm, hunting, going to Lake Reno, playing and watching the stock markets and watching western TV shows. He listened to sermons at home and prayed for his family every day. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Sammy died on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 at Legacy Living in Morris, having lived to reach the age of 91 years.

He is survived by his wife: Ruby Olson of Morris; one son: Mike (Renae) Olson of Hancock; one daughter: Donna (Steve) Leanheart of Ellicott City, Md.; four grandchildren: Kelly Smith, Kay (Damon) Curfman, Sara Olson and Kelsey Olson and two great grandchildren: Donovan and Gunnar Curfman. He was preceded in death by his daughter: Judy Olson; great-granddaughter: Alexandra Curfman; his parents; brother and sister-in-law: Harris and MaryAnn Olson and sister and brother-in-law: Myrtle and Vern Tomford.

Honorary pallbearers are all who called Sammy friend. Sandi Pahl will serve as organist for the service. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.

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