James Olson

October 2, 1951 ~ November 3, 2021 (age 70)


Memorial services for James F. Olson, 70, of Andover will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 13th at Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton.  Rev. Janine Rew-Werling will officiate.  Inurnment will take place in Homer Cemetery, Pierpont under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel. 

Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.

James passed away November 3, 2021 at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls.

James Fred Olson was born on October 2, 1951 in Webster to Milton and Violet (Spilloway) Olson.  He attended school in Pierpont and graduated from Langford High School in 1970.  Jim began his lifelong career, farming on the family farm.  On December 8, 1979 he was united in marriage with Arlene Biel in Watertown and they were blessed with three daughters.

Jim loved life on the farm, including his animals and several dogs.  He was a kind and sentimental man, as well as determined.  Jim was a hard-worker and cared deeply for his family, who he always referred to as “his girls”.  He enjoyed collecting toy John Deere tractors and had a countless number of caps.  He was a regular at coffee and had never met a stranger.  Jim was a member of the Pierpont Community Church until its closing.

Celebrating his life is his wife, Arlene of Andover, daughters, Jennifer “Jenny” Olson of Castlewood, Jamie Olson (Chris McDowell) of Sioux Falls, Janel (Brad) Penning of Pierpont, grandchildren: Jaedyn Penning, Talen Olson, Kyrell Baker, Beckham Olson-Wellnitz, Jameson Penning, Jagger Penning, Bentley “BJ” Olson-McDowell, and his sister, Pam Donovan of Andover.

Preceding him in death were his parents and his infant brother, Douglas Olson.

Honorary Urn Bearers will be all of Jim’s Grandchildren, his brother in-laws, friends and coffee buddies.


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