Arvid Olson

Sioux Falls

Arvid Olson, 90, of Sioux Falls and formerly of Woonsocket, passed away Friday, May 24, 2019, at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, at Heritage Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be at Eventide Cemetery in Woonsocket following the memorial service.

Arvid was born on Sept. 18, 1928, to Carl and Martha (Hemre) Olson in Madison. He graduated from Rutland High School. Arvid was united in marriage to Evelyn Baysinger on Sept. 13, 1950, in Pipestone, Minn. On Nov. 8, 1950, he was drafted into the United States Army and served two years in active duty and five years in the reserves.

Most of his adult life was spent in petroleum sales, which included 10 years in management. This involved being located in several different states. When he was semi-retired, he moved to Woonsocket and worked with his son, Craig, in the melon business. He always maintained an interest in politics, so he ran for a seat as a Sanborn County Commissioner and was elected to four terms. Evelyn preceded Arvid in death on July 15, 2015.

Arvid was active in his church organizations, where he served on several different boards. He enjoyed watching the Minnesota Vikings and Twins, playing cards and watching polka shows on Saturday evenings.

Arvid is survived by his children, Gloria (Jerry) Klaas of Woonsocket, Craig Olson (Julie Scott) of Sioux Falls and Doug (Kim) Olson of Sioux Falls; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; brother, Marvin Olson of Madison; and sister, Berna Schaaf of Madison.

Arvid was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; parents; daughter-in-law, Jill Olson; sister, Ruth Oftedahl; and two brothers, Bernard “Bud” Olson and Orville Olson.

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