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Roland Olson

December 14, 1942 — April 8, 2011

Roland Dean Olson died April 8th 2011 at his home on Rose Lake under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley and loving family.

Memorial Service: Friday, April 15, 1:00 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee, Mn. Visitation: One hour prior to services. Lunch will be hosted at the church following the service for all to attend.

Dean was born December 14th, 1942 to Lloyd and Lela (Lundeen) Olson in Minneapolis, MN after WWII. The family moved to North St. Paul where Dean grew up and attended school. He graduated in 1960 from Mechanic Arts High School and then attended St. Paul T.V.I. for Tool and Die Maker.

In 1961 he married Maxine Bryant, they had three children: David, Susan and Amy. He worked as a machinist and tool maker for American Hoist & Derik Co. in St. Paul for 23 years. In 1985, when the company closed and moved east, Dean moved to Cambridge, MN to manage a hardware store.

In 1988, he married Barbara Norberg. Dean, Barbara and her son Eric moved to Rose Lake after purchasing the Stender Resort on Rose Lake. Dean was a very multi- talented, hard working man, and after extensive remodeling of the house and cabins, reopened the resort under the new name of Rose Ridge Resort. He truly enjoyed the "new" adventure and as a result now has a very large "extended" family. In 2000, we sold the resort, built a home on the remaining property and continued to operate the seasonal campground, newly named Acorn Acres.

Dean enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and being outdoors in nature and all of it's many wonders.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; stepson, Eric (Joell) Norberg of Detroit Lakes; his son, David, and daughters Amy and Susan of St. Paul; grandchildren: Zachary and Sheyenne; three sisters: Shirley (Denny) Larson of Inver Grove Heights, Janet (Terry) Bourgoin of St. Paul, Janice (Duane) Reil of Forest Lake.
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