February 27, 2019
Gordon Olson, 98, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Seattle, Wash.
Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Bell Mortuary.
Burial will be 11 a.m. at the Forsyth Cemetery in Forsyth, Mont., with local funeral services at 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow, Mont., with Seth Runner officiating.
He was born Nov. 7, 1920, on his father's homestead 25 miles south of Flaxville, Mont. In 1942 he joined the United States Army Air Force of Engineers where he built runways in Europe and Africa. After his honorable discharge, he returned and married Roberta in 1945. He went to work for the Great Northern Railway (now known as at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway) in 1947 as a telegraph operator and depot agent in Lambert and Forsyth, Mont. He also had a mechanics shop as a hobby and business. He retired from the railroad in 1981.
Gordon remarried in 1992, moved to Glasgow, owned a ranch, and divorced in 2008. Nemont Manor was his home for 10 years (2008-2018). He played pinochle, bingo, led exercise sessions and took care of the fish tank.
He was preceded in death by his wife Roberta; parents Nels and Alma Olson; two sons, Gordon Olson, Jr., and baby boy Olson; two brothers, George and Kenneth Olson; and one sister, Grace Olson.
He is survived by three daughters, Christine Mlinar, Carol Olson and Cynthia Kromarek; one brother, Neal Olson; one sister, Nada Shanks; four grandchildren, Richard Mlinar, Jeffery Mlinar, Callista Frye and Michael Kromarek; and two great- grandchildren, Kalei and Cole Mlinar.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Nemont Manor or the Evangelical Church of Glasgow.