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Obituary for Lester C. "Lefty" Olson

Lester C. "Lefty" Olson


Lester C. "Lefty" Olson, 75, of West Salem, died Friday, December 2, 2011, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.

He was born April 21, 1936, in Holmen to Orrin and Evelyn (McClintock) Olson.  Lefty was a graduate of West Salem High School.  He then served in the United States Army from 1955 until 1958, spending two of those years in Germany.  On June 20, 1959, he married Rose Remus at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in West Salem and they have shared over 52 years of marriage together.  Lefty was employed at La Crosse Cooler Company and later retired from Lakeview Health Center in West Salem in 2005.  He served on the West Salem Volunteer Fire Department for 22 years.  Lefty was a member of the Berg-Hemker-Olson American Legion Post 51 of West Salem and also the West Salem Historical Society.  He enjoyed deer hunting and was an avid sports fan especially of the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers.

Survivors include his wife, Rose; his daughter, Pam (Greg) Hutson of West Salem; three grandchildren, Sara, Adam, and Chris; three sisters, Marion (Jake) Jacobson of Onalaska, Mavis (Jim) Valley of Janesville, Wis., and Shirley Olson of West Salem; one brother, David Olson of West Salem; three sisters-in-law, Gloria Olson of Kenosha, Wis., Nell Martell of West Salem, and Kris Tully of Tomah; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; and one sister.

Memorial services will be Wednesday, December 7, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 359 N. Leonard St., West Salem.  Rev. Roger Grow will officiate.  Burial will be in Neshonoc Cemetery with military honors by the West Salem American Legion Post 51 and the U.S. Army Funeral Honor Guard.  Friends may call at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, (Jostad Chapel), 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem, on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.  Online condolences may be sent at