Lloyd A. Olson, 85, of Havre, died at a local care center on Oct. 13, 2010 from complications of a stroke.
A graveside memorial service for Lloyd will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at Highland Cemetery with Ila McClenahan officiating. Burial with veteran honors will follow. A gathering of family and friends will follow the service at the Eagles Club. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association or to a memorial of one’s choice.
Lloyd was born May 25, 1925, to Halvor and Gunda Olson in Havre, Mont. He was one of 10 children. Lloyd spent his young years living on the family farm north of Havre. Lloyd served in the Navy during World War II. Upon his return to Havre, he married Lois Crites in 1946. They were married for 61 years until her death in 2007.
Lloyd made a career with the Great Northern/Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway for which he became a special agent until his retirement. Upon his retirement, he pursued countless days on fishing excursions. Lloyd was an avid fisherman and spent many occasions sharing this passion with his children and later his grandchildren and even his great-grandchildren. Each of his grandchildren can fondly reflect on those special outings with Grandpa O., as he was so fondly called by all of them.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his wife, Lois, in 2007; his brothers Harold (Art) Olson, Henry Olson, Howard Olson and Bennett Olson; and by his three sisters, Esther Hamblock, Lorraine Cyr and Adeline Lopez.
Lloyd is survived by his four children, Darlene Tonjum and husband Bill Olsen, Terry Olson and Rhonda Olson of Havre, Mont., and Kristy Olson and husband Hugh McLaughlin of Great Falls, Mont.; 12 grandchildren, Cara Palmer, Julie Travis, Janet Haas, T.R. Olson, Chase Olson, Tia Olson, Tamara Waronik, Nathan Woronik, Sundown Nelson, Seth Nelson, Francisco McLaughlin and Antonio McLaughlin; 16 great-grandchildren, Jared, Tyler, Jordan, Amanda, Hannah, Brandon, Evan, Tehrin, Xandor, Abby, Brenna, Landis, Brock, Carter, Melanie and Samson. He is also survived by his two brothers, Norman Olson of Ronan, Mont., and Francis Olson of Spokane, Wash.