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Roger H. Olson

Roger H. Olson

Roger H. Olson, age 83 of Arkansaw, died Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Advent Health in Durand.

Roger was born on December 2, 1936 in the Bogus Valley area of Pepin. He was the son of Alfred and Alice (Haglund) Olson. At a young age, Roger moved with his family to Plum City, where he grew up and graduated from Plum City High School in 1954. After high school, Roger went to work at a metal factory in St. Paul, MN for several years. Roger married his sweetheart, Faye Manor on June 21, 1958. After marriage, Roger drove truck for a short time. Roger and Faye moved to Arkansaw, where they raised their family. He then went to work Bauer Built, Safeway Foods, Presto and Weiser Concrete. Roger worked at Weiser Concrete as a truck driver for over 30 years before retiring 2003.

Roger started playing guitar in the early 1960’s. He found a passion for music and played many local places in the area as apart of the Arkansaw Travelers. They played in to the mid 1990’s. Roger also played with Putter Bauer and Foosy Bauer into the late 2000’s.

Roger is survived by his children;  Jody (Trish) of Durand, Monica (Mike) Starkey of River Falls, Randy (Cindy) of Arkansaw and Michelle (Rick) Munson of Caladonia, MN, 11 grandchildren and four great grandsons, one sister; Lois Freie of St. Louis Park, MN, several sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife; Faye, two brothers; Willard and Byron and three sisters; Ruby Olson, Dorothy Olson and Evelyn Kassera.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Scott Harmon

    Many fond memories of early live music. Enjoyed playing along the hill by the Olson Family home. Thoughts and joyous memories too all of the family.

  2. Gary Freie

    So sorry to hear about Roger, my prayers go out to all of you

  3. Dave and Kris Polzer

    Sending our sympathies to Roger's family at this time of loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers

    Dave and Kris Polzer

  4. Mike Kassera

    I’m really sorry about Roger,
    Mike,Jesse and James

  5. Kris Goettl

    So sorry for your loss, he will be deeply missed. I will always remember his wonderful smile and his laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Rosetta Quarberg

    Sorry for your loss of Roger will miss my neighbor. Sympathy to all.

  7. Dawn Manor

    So sorry to hear about Uncle Roger. You're all in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Ed McRoberts

    Randy, Jody and family,
    Condolences on the passing of Roger. He was a great guy.

  9. Ron Kaempf

    To the Roger Olson family you have our deepest sympathy, the neighborhood won't be the same with you gone.cos

  10. Bob and Madalyn Fleishauer

    We are so saddened to hear of Roger's death. He was a good friend. Our sincere sympathies to all the family.

  11. Thom Rutherford

    Great Guy! Always a FRIEND!! Lot's of interesting talks and Many laughs..You could always count on his Friendship. Love and caring thoughts to Family!! Long time Buddy Thom Rutherford and Rutherford Family.

  12. Diane Longsdorf

    So very sorry for your loss. Roger was always kind, and always left you with a smile on your face.

  13. Gloria Berger Johnson

    Sorry to hear of Roger's passing, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this difficult time.

  14. Julie Freie

    Our heartfelt sympathies to all of you. We loved Roger and we did all of the Olson clan! He always had a smile on his face, was ready to chat and was filled with kindness. He will be deeply missed. Our love, prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Steve, Julie, Nate and Ali

  15. Jack & Donna Barber

    Deepest Sympathy to the Olson family ! So sorry for your loss !

  16. Helen Benrud

    What a wonderful and beautiful legacy your parents have left. They both were beautiful human beings! Love and condolences to you all. Pebbles

  17. John and Patty Wayne

    Jody and family
    Our Heartfelt Sympathy going out to you and your family.5

  18. John Menting

    So sorry to hear of your Dads passing.. Our thought and prayers are with you during this difficult time..

  19. John and Jufy Parr

    hugs tske care

  20. Joe and Margo (Sweeney) Traun

    Sorry to hear about your dad. Thoughts and prayers coming your way.

  21. Denise Pelzel

    Please accept my deepest condolences on your great loss. Roger was a great guy and will be missed by many.

  22. Nick and Sue Sperger

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time

  23. Randy & Margie (Barber) Sperber

    So sorry for your loss!! Thoughts & prayers to you and your family.

  24. Jill Harmon Saxe

    My deepest sympathy in the loss of your father, grandfather and great grandfather. Sending healing light and cherish your memories.

  25. Maralyn and LaVere Anderson

    Our sympathy in the loss of your dad. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  26. Jodene Anderson

    My condolences to the Olson Family
    Mike and Jodie Anderson

  27. Joe and Jan Drier

    Our Deepest Sympathy and Sending Thoughts and Prayers to the Family!

  28. Vickie Haglund

    Always enjoyed seeing Roger. Dad talked a lot about him. So sorry for your loss.

  29. Dan Barber

    The family of Roger Olson you have our deepest sympathy. He was always a great friend and will be missed very much . Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers

  30. Patti Palmer

    A wonderful caring man..with a smile larger than life. I am so saddened to hear of your loss...

  31. Donna West

    My condolences to the family. I will miss Roger

  32. LuAnn and Randy Hayden

    Jody, Trish and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

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