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Marvin J. Olson


Marvin J. Olson, 86, Bismarck, ND formerly of Glasgow, MT passed away April 15, 2021 peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family after a strong battle with cancer.

Marvin was born Oct 10, 1934 in Wolf Point, MT to Mathis and Hilda (Grundahl) Olson. Marvin attended the Wood Country School until 7th grade and then went on to graduate high school in 1953 from Wolf Point. While in high school, Marvin played football, was a Boy Scout, worked in the Wolf Point Saddlery, and worked for Brookman Rodeo Company. Marvin actually almost missed his high school graduation as he was working a rodeo in Glasgow and had to hitch hike with saddle in hand back to Wolf Point. He made it in time! In 1954, Marvin joined the army. He spent 18 months in Germany and was discharged in 1956. From there he went on to work for Richardson Construction as a heavy equipment operator.

In 1962, Marvin married Julia who was his sidekick for 58 years. Marvin went on to work for the City of Glasgow as the Street Superintendent in 1967. He finally retired in 1993…if you can actually call it retirement. Marvin was never a man to sit idle. He always kept busy at his own place with horses and cattle, etc, co-owner of Olson Auction Service with his son Dennis, he kept busy with rental properties, and driving truck for Fossum Ready Mix. If you knew Marvin, this was just a few of the things he kept busy with!

In 2007 Marvin and Julie moved to Mandan, ND where he and Dennis continued to run Olson Auction Service until his health began to decline.

Marvin loved going to auctions! He was an avid coin collector, gun collector, enjoyed refurbishing oak furniture, restoring old tractors, and going hunting with Dennis.

Marvin is survived by his children; Wendy Makoff-Hariper, Bismarck; Patty (Jay) Long, Glasgow; Dennis (Kim) Olson, Bismarck; Norris Thompson, Colestrip; Grandchildren: Nathan (Amy) Huff, Michael and Kaylee Olson, Harry (Miranda) Smith, Tim (Lisa) Hariper, Jim (Robin) Hariper, Jackie (Lou) Garcia, Gina (Brad) Solemsaas, Jennifer (Wayde) Sick, Sara (Josh) Toavs, Great-Grandchildren: Abbey and Harper Huff. Sister in Law: Karen Maxness; Several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Julie, his parents, 3 brothers, 4 sisters, son in law, Joseph Hariper, brother in law Gordon Maxness, and great-grandson, Nash Prodruchny.

Graveside services for Marvin and Julie will be held at a later date in Glasgow.


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