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Obituary for Bruce D. Olson


Bruce D. Olson, 90, of Mindoro passed away Friday, March 13, 2020 at Gundersen Health Systems, La Crosse. He was born in rural Mindoro at the home of his parents Maynard and Emma (Mulder) Olson on December 15, 1929. Bruce graduated in 1947 from Mindoro High School. He was honored as being the oldest in attendance at the Mindoro Alumni Banquet this past year. After graduation he served his country in the United States Army, having been stationed in France from 1951-1953 before being honorably discharged. Upon returning from the military, he purchased the home he was born in from his parents, and married the former Myrna Wadel on September 15, 1956. To this union were born three daughters. Bruce wore many hats during his 90 years; he hauled milk, cattle, gas, logs, lime, and retired after 25 years from the U.S. Postal Service as a Rural Mail Carrier. Bruce was a member of the Gunderson- Gilbertson Post 507. He was a charter member of the Mindoro Lions Club and the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department, where is was Chief for over 25 years. He served on several committees during his lifetime; Mindoro Sanitation Department, LaCrosse County Board Of Supervisors, and Christ Ev. Lutheran Church council. Bruce is survived by his wife of 63 years Myrna, three daughters; Pamela (friend Doug) Olson, Lisa (Eric) Nordstrom and Laura (Mike) Pfaff, four grandchildren; Jarred (Laci) Huber, Mark (friend Sarah) Nordstrom, Derrick Nordstrom and Jacob Nordstrom, two great-grandchildren; Brandt Huber and a little girl coming in June, two sisters; Joann (Knute) Gilbertson and Carole Strittmater, sister-in-laws Lynn Olson and Marilyn Enos, brother-in-laws Rollie Kratz and Orlando (Carole) Wadel. He is further survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Gary, two sisters; Margery(Kenneth) Steen and Carmen Kratz; brother-in-laws Curtis Strittmater, Louis Enos and Jerry (Donna) Wadel and two nephews Eric and Myron Steen. Private funeral services will be held.