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“I met Roger one weekend here in Chanhassen as we both worked on preparing and chalking fields for a softball tournament. We had a wonderful...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: Ted Ellefson - Chanhassen, MN

“Dear Elaine and Family, I offer you my best wishes and prayers at this time of your great loss, I enjoyed my time working with and learning from...Read More »
2 of 31 | Posted by: Len McCargar - Mankato, MN

“Our sympathy to your family as you mourn the loss of your loved one. What a wonderful picture of Rog, that smile says it all. Our prayers are with...Read More »
3 of 31 | Posted by: Bob & Louise Martig - AZ

“Elaine, We just heard of Roger's passing. Our prayers are with you as we all mourn the loss of a wonderful man. But we're also grateful for our...Read More »
4 of 31 | Posted by: Conrad Lindberg - Fallbrook, CA

“Elaine and Olsons,very sorry to hear the news. He was blessed to have all of you there supporting him. Will miss his unique sense of humor (I've...Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: Tom Quackenbush - Redwood Falls, MN

“Dear Aunt Elaine, Anne, Cindy, and Jenny, Deep condolences to all of you and the rest of your family. I'm so sorry for your loss, and I'm thinking...Read More »
6 of 31 | Posted by: Peggy Quackenbush - Rochester, NY

“I will remember Roger Olson for his smile and genuine, warm hospitality at family celebrations and gatherings for graduations, birthdays and cruising...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: Carol Thornton - Auburn, CA

“Elaine and family . . I am so sorry to hear of Roger's passing. I so enjoyed working with him at Christmas in press area and with you too. I know Ron...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: Bonnie Torgerson - Mankato, MN

“So sorry to hear of the passing of Rog. I often think of my time at Rog and El's. May your memories give you peace. Heather ”
9 of 31 | Posted by: Heather (Bleess) Hitchler - WI

“Maddy i am very sorry you lost your grandpa. Hannah Malm ”
10 of 31 | Posted by: Hannah Malm - Maplewood, MN

“Dear Elaine, Anne, Cindy, Jenny and families: My sincere sympathy to all of you in the loss of your husband and dad. I was very sad to hear...Read More »
11 of 31 | Posted by: Jackie Heinzen - Marshfield, WI

“Elaine, Anne, Cindy, and Jen, I was and am very sadness to hear of Uncle Roger's passing. I have so many memories from the few times at the lake. ...Read More »
12 of 31 | Posted by: John Quackenbush - Webber, KS

“My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. ”
13 of 31 | Posted by: Stacy Scofield - Blue Earth, MN

“Elaine and family- I am saddened to hear about Roger's passing! He was a delight to have at the Good Samaritan in Waconia and touched our hearts...Read More »
14 of 31 | Posted by: Liz Hansen - Waconia, MN

“My deepest condolences to your family. Roger was a great guy, and never forgot a face. He spoke whenever we met around town. May God be with you...Read More »
15 of 31 | Posted by: Roxanne Rajewsky - Blue Earth, MN

“Dear Elaine & family, We are so sorry to hear of Roger's passing. May the Lord comfort & bless you now & always. hugs, Don & Audrey ”
16 of 31 | Posted by: Don & Audrey Snydar - st charles, MN

“Sorry to hear about Roger passing away, what a great guy to be around and worked for. Hope you keep his smiling face and the twinkle in his eyes in...Read More »
17 of 31 | Posted by: Marsha & Larry Paul - Easton, MN

“Rog, rest in peace. You were truly one of the "good" guys. Elaine and girls, what can I say? So sorry to hear about Rog. I will miss his smiling face...Read More »
18 of 31 | Posted by: Darla (Anderson) Meyer - MN

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time to let you know what a good friend Roger was to our family. Don & I truly enjoyed the...Read More »
19 of 31 | Posted by: Mina Folven - Blue Earth, MN

“I loved working for Mr. Olson when I was in school. He was the great boss and caring man. He will be missed. ”
20 of 31 | Posted by: Darcy Oordt - Cherry Hill, NJ

“Elaine and family, My deepest sympathy to you, the girls and the rest of your family. Find comfort in your faith. All who knew Roger were blessed,...Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: Sue Wilke - No. Mankato, MN

“Dear Elaine & family, It was such a pleasure to get to know Rog during our time at the lake. He will be remembered as a very fun & caring man.....Read More »
22 of 31 | Posted by: The Dale & Cindy Wishart Family - MN

“Elaine and family, My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. We have very fond memories of Rog & El's Red Owl and the wonderful way my...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: Kathy Wiederholt - Winnebago, MN

“We will miss you roger for all the great times that we had and all the extra things that we got into. Our prayers are with the Olson Family at the...Read More »
24 of 31 | Posted by: Harley &Midge Schmitgen - MO

“Elaine and family, Bill and I extend our deepest sympathy to you. Roger was a special guy--good friend, neighbor, and quite a "character". Rog was...Read More »
25 of 31 | Posted by: Deanna Beise - Winnebago, MN

“I will always think of Uncle Roger as my "summer dad" and the summers I spent with him, Elaine, and Jeni were some of my favorites. My heart is with...Read More »
26 of 31 | Posted by: Tara Plote - Phoenix, AZ

“Elaine and family, My deepest sympathy to each of you. Rog was a great guy and boss. He always treated me as an equal. Will miss his smile and our...Read More »
27 of 31 | Posted by: Marie Ficken - Blue Earth, MN

“My most heartfelt sympathy goes out to each and every one of you. May God comfort you all at this difficult time. ”
28 of 31 | Posted by: Becky Rippentrop - Blue Earth, MN

“Dear Elaine & Family, We were so sorry to learn of Rog's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and we pray that God's comfort and strength...Read More »
29 of 31 | Posted by: Becky & Greg Keebaugh

“Jen And girls are thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Sending you all A big Hug ”
30 of 31 | Posted by: Scott & Marlys Jagerson - Elmore,, MN

“Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss of your father my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. I pray...Read More »
31 of 31 | Posted by: Michele Montbriand - New Richmond, WI


Roger Clifford Olson, age 73, died peacefully on November 5th at Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice house in Victoria, MN. Roger and wife, Elaine, were born and raised in the Chokio, MN area, raised their family in Blue Earth, MN and currently reside on Bass Lake near Winnebago, MN. Roger was born March 31st, 1939 in Morris, MN to Clifford Henry Olson and Anna Marie Wade Olson. Roger was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Chokio and graduated from Chokio High School in 1957. Roger enlisted in the Army and served in Germany until 1959. Roger married Elaine Esther Quackenbush on October 18th, 1964 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Chokio. Roger began his love of the grocery business as a young man and eventually co-owned Red Owl stores in Blue Earth, Albert Lea, Wells, and Waseca, operating as Rog and El's. He loved the daily interaction with the people of the community and truly valued his employees, their hard work and fellowship. He retired in 2011 from Carlson Craft – keeping his co-workers honest and laughing along the way. Roger and family were long time, faithful members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth, celebrating many proud family moments there through the years. Roger enjoyed being an active member in his community through involvement in the Trinity Lutheran Congregation Council, the Lions Club, the Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, Basswood Park Association and Delavan Township Board. Roger is survived by Elaine, his wife of 48 years. Daughters, Anne (Pete) Voas, Cynthia (Chris) Crayne, and Jennifer Olson (Jon Colby). Grandchildren Erinn Voas, Abbie Voas, Sean Crayne, Nicholas Crayne, Claire Crayne, Madeline Jagerson, and Marley Jagerson. He was preceded in death by his parents and half-brothers, Russell Olson and Kenneth Olson. Roger will be remembered by a large extended family with many cousins, nieces, nephews, and the Quackenbush in-laws. Rog and Elaine's circle of friends extend in many directions from Chokio to their current 'home on the lake' in Basswood Park, where books detailing the exploits of Ole and Lena are never far from reach. Visitation will be held at Patton Funeral Home (400 East 14th Street) in Blue Earth on Thursday, November 8th from 5 to 7pm. Funeral services will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth on Friday, November 9th at 3pm, with visitation one hour before the service. Interment of ashes will take place at Chokio Lutheran Cemetery in a private ceremony at a later date. Instead of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund (235 E. 7th Street, Blue Earth, MN 56013) OR Blue Earth Area Mentors (BEAM) – (125 N. Main Street, Blue Earth, MN 56013). In addition, they invite all to perform random acts of kindness (or practical jokes). Roger will be remembered by all for his love of family, his faith, and his commitment to his community. Go Twins! Vikes! Gophers! & Bucs!