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Neal Olson


December 11, 2019

Neal Olson, age 92, of Glasgow, Mont., passed away at Valley View Home in Glasgow.

As per Neal's request cremation has taken place and no services will be held. Burial will be at a later date in Pleasant Prairie Cemetery.

Neal was born south of Flaxville, Mont., June 24, 1927, to Nels and Alma (Boom) Olson. He grew up on the family farm south of Flaxville. He joined the Navy in February of 1945 at age 18, where his rank was a Seaman First Class and was honorably discharged July of 1946. Upon discharge, he returned to the family farm for one year.

He meet Ruby Shanks and the couple married February 1947.

In 1948, he went to work on the Fort Peck Dam in the maintenance department. In 1949, he moved to Brockton, Mont., to tend bar for two and half years. In 1951 he was hired on with the Great Northern Railroad where he was promoted to conductor in October 1964. After 20 years he retired from the railroad. In 1971 he worked an oil job, that he traveled from Wolf Point to Bainsville Mont., where he packed wheel bearings, often doing 14 hotboxes in a day.

He is proceeded in death by his parents; three brothers; and one sister.

He is survived by his wife, Jan Olson; five children, Debbie (Russell) Smith, Ed Olson, Randy (Nancy) Olson, Karen (Ted) Newton, and Roger Olson; two step-children, Gary Meller and Chris (Mike) Crater; 28 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.


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