Charles H. Olson, age 71, of Isanti passed away April 18, 2008 at his home. Funeral services will be heldat 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, April 22 at West Bethel United Methodist Church in East Bethel with Rev. Jim McChesney officiating. A visitation will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. on Monday, April 21 at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel. Interment will be in Isanti Union Cemetery.
Charles Hugo Olson was born to Hugo and Norella Olson on Feb, 12, 1937 at International Falls, MN. Charles was a graduate of Falls High and he attended the U of MN in Duluth. Charles enjoyed a variety of working experiences began his career at M & O paper pulp landing and wet end. Working also as a butcher, acid bath processor, clothes pole fabrication/installer, retail grocery, furniture restoration/refinishing, international cargo preparation/shipping before retiring in 2000 from A & M/Omni building commercial furniture.
Charles enjoyed working in his garden, pole barn/custom workshop and working on his 1941 Ford 9N tractor. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife Coni to Australia, Fuji, Canada, Hawaii, a commercial barge trip the length of the Mississippi, also checking out local festivals in the Midwest. He loved his roll as Daddy Daycare to two generations; annual deer hunts with son David; road trips with daughters Debbie and Jandi by car and rail; planning this year’s garden with daughter Kaisa; sharing the beginning and end of every summer at Breezy Point with family and friends.
He had been an active volunteer participating in Boy Scouts, DNR Advanced gun safety/survival, member of MUI, ham radio/CB and Jaycees. Charles was President of the Fridley/Columbia Heights Kiwanis Club. Charles was awarded the Hixson Fellowship and Outstanding District Faculty Advisor. The high points were the years he interacted with the exceptional students of the Fridley/Columbia Heights Key Club.
Charles passed away at his home in Isanti on April 18, 2008.
He is survived by his wife, Constance “Coni” Gunnufson-Olson; mother Marvis Olson; son David (Teri) Olson; daughters Debbie Bell (Joel), Kaisa Crom, Allejandra Casson (Mike); granddaughters, Samantha Olson, Kassidy Crom, Haile Casson; sister, Patsy Breitkreutz (Marvin); and brother in law, Julius Gunnufson (Charlotte). He will also be missed by many loving nieces and nephews, special friend Marlene Beck and members of Fridley/Columbia Heights Kiwanis Club and Key Clubs.
The Olson family extends their sincerest thanks for the loving care the staffs of Cambridge Short Stay and Unity Hospital 2 West gave to Charles and his family during his journey with Cancer.
All Memorials will be given in Charles name to his favorite charities and scholarship fund.