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Gary L. Olson

October 3, 1937 July 25, 2019
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Funeral services for Gary L. Olson, 81, Bath, SD, are 10:30 am, Monday, July 29, 2019 at Plymouth Congregational UCC, with Pastor Mark Marion officiating. Burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens. A luncheon will be served following the service at Plymouth Congregational Church. Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Gary passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019, surrounded by his family at his home in Bath.

Gary was born on October 3, 1937, in Britton, SD to Leonard and Ardis (Vickers) Olson. He grew up on the family farm and attended grade school in Claremont, SD until the third grade. He then went to country school in Cambria Township and graduated from Columbia Highschool in Columbia, SD in 1956. After graduation Gary entered the US Army on October 3, 1956 and was Honorably discharged on July 2, 1958. After returning home he farmed until his retirement in 2015.

Gary married Bernice Bartel on March 22, 1963 at Merricourt, ND. To this union four children were born- Brenda, Twyla, Thad, and Travis. He was a beloved husband to Bernice for 56 years.

Gary was a board member for Northern Electric for nine years, then he was on the board with Heartland Consumer Power District of Madison, SD for 16 years, and a member of the VFW of Mellette post 0151. He was also a member of the Good Guys Car Club.

Gary enjoyed farming, drag racing, NASCAR, playing poker and his winters in Arizona with his wife. He also enjoyed old cars and car shows with his favorite car being his 1937 Chrysler.

Grateful for having shared Gary’s life are his wife, Bernice Olson, of 56 years; children: Brenda Lane, Aurora, Co, Twyla (Kirby) Johnson, Rapid City, SD, Thad (Lisa) Olson, Centerville, SD, Travis (Dolly) Olson, Bath, SD, and Val (Cathy) Breitag, Carthage, MO; grandchildren: Jake Fritz, Austin Fritz, Symone Olson, Nina (Jerad) Summers, Blade Olson, and Tyler Breitag; and great grandchildren: Harper Summers and Kyle Breitag.

Preceding Gary in death are his parents, Leonard and Ardis and father and mother-in-law, Rudolf and Martha Bartel.

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Funeral Service




10:30 AM 7/29/2019 10:30:00 AM
Plymouth Congregational UCC

431 W Melgaard Rd
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Plymouth Congregational UCC
431 W Melgaard Rd Aberdeen 57401 SD
United States

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Sunset Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

5851 U.S. 12
Aberdeen, SD 57401

5851 U.S. 12 Aberdeen 57401 SD
United States

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