Charles Edward Olson, the son of the late Allen and Dorothy (Bunker) Olson, was born on June 30, 1943, at Hallock, Minnesota He spent his childhood on the family farm in Halma, Minnesota, where he spent most days enjoying the outdoors and rural life. He graduated from Karlstad High School in 1961 and attended Bemidji State University. He married his high school sweetheart Jillayne Oistad on March 19, 1966, at First Lutheran Church in Karlstad in the middle of a spring snow storm. They made their home in Karlstad for the next thirty six years and raised their three boys amongst the many friends and family in the area. Chuck was a long-time member of the Karlstad Fire Department and one of the original incorporators of the Karlstad Rescue Squad, serving on the ambulance service for many years. He was a long-time member of First Lutheran Church of Karlstad where he served on the church council and sang in the church choir. He was very active in all of his communities affairs, especially the Lions Club, C & C and Karlstad Golf Club. After his “retirement” after 31 years at the Karlstad State Bank (now Prime Security Bank) where he enjoyed and loved his “family” for 31 years, he and Jillayne moved to Fargo, ND, where he began his adventures working at Lunde Autos with his brother-in-law, Andy Boen. He continued his adventures working at the Fargo airport the past few years. Chuck loved to spend time with his family, loved to golf and enjoyed singing, especially with the Reunion Four. He was always busy with projects but never too busy for his family and friends. Chuck passed away unexpectedly at Essentia Hospital in Fargo on Monday, November 19, 2012, at the age of 69 years, 4 months and 19 days.
He is survived by his wife, Jillayne; three sons: Christopher (Heidi), Pierre, SD; Paul (Kristin), Hidden Valley Lake, CA; and Tollef (Kara), of Moorhead, MN.; his brothers: Floyd (Judy) Olson, of Halma, and Robert Olson, Karlstad; sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Pam and Andy Boen, West Fargo, ND; sister-in-law: Pat Field, of Stephen, MN.; brother-in-law: John Pederson, WI; his grandchildren: Alexi, Nicholas, Cade, Elliott, Zackary, Jenny, Sydney, Kennedy, Logan and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Annalee Pederson and infant sister: Edith; brother-in-law: John “Jack” Oistad.; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law: Palmer and Marjorie Oistad.