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Gordon W. Olson

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Gordon W. Olson 80 years old went to heaven on May 8, 2017. He was able to be at home surrounded by friends and family.

Gordon was born on September 18, 1936 on the family farm in Brantford, North Dakota to Alice (Black) Olson and Lloyd Olson. Gordon was one of six children in the Olson family. Gordon graduated from West Fargo High School in 1954. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota where he received his BA in Psychology and Music.

Gordon and Mary were married on June 6, 1959 in Austin, Minnesota. They have 4 children Laurie, Linda, Diane and Erik.  Gordon’s career in church music included choirs in Rush City, Luverne, North Branch, Mpls, Navarre and Golden Valley, Minnesota.   He also worked at Augsburg Publishing House as the head of the music department.  

In retirement, Gordon was the Executive Director for the National Lutheran Choir working with his college friend, Larry Fleming. He returned to his teaching roots with various positions at the Ramsey Fine Arts School, Neill Elementary School, Normandale Community College and Augsburg College in Minneapolis.  He also directed the Norkap Male Chorus for many years. He was a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Golden Valley Bicentennial Committee, Villa Maria Center Board of Directors in Frontenac, Minnesota and served on the Board of Directors while singing with the Dale Warland Singers.

Gordon enjoyed his grandsons.  He spent time with them as often as he could. Gordon was a servant of God and worked most of his life in the Lutheran Church and serving others.  He is survived by his wife Mary of 58 years, children Tom & Laurie (Olson) Rejzer, John & Linda (Olson) McDonough, Dan & Diane (Olson) Hinderaker, Erik & Susan Olson and 9 grandsons.

Funeral service Tuesday May 16, 2017 11:00 a.m. at Central Lutheran Church, 333 South 12th Street. Visitation one hour prior to service at church only. .


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Submitted by Kathie Olson on

My sympathies to all my cousins and Aunt Mary. It's been a long road for you all, you are in my prayers.

Submitted by Tom Donnohue on

I just heard the news. I am saddened to hear of your loss. He sure had a good, full life.

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