NEW ULM Clayton R. Olson, 83, of New Ulm, formerly of Hanska, died Friday, August 24, 2012 at his home.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m, Tuesday, August 28, at Nora Unitarian Universalist Church, Hanska with Rev. Lisa Doege officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard at the church.
Burial will take place at Mount Pisquah Cemetery, Hanska at a later date.
Visitation will be 4 8 p.m. Monday at Schmucker Funeral Service in New Ulm and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Clayton Raymond Olson, the son of Carl and Inga (Bryggen) Olson, was born July 21, 1929 in Madelia. He attended Rural School District 54 and Hanska High School. Clayton served in the U.S. Army from January 1953 to December 1954 as a heavy equipment operator during post-World War II reconstruction. He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal (Germany). Clayton was united in marriage to Ethel Haugen in 1955. Ethel died in 1983. He farmed and also managed the Hilltop Division of the Farmers Co-op of Hanska, retiring in December 1992. He was united in marriage to Shirley (Chambard) Christie on August 29, 1987 in Hanska. The couple made their home in Hanska until moving to New Ulm in May of 2008. Clayton was a member of the Nora Unitarian Universalist Church where he served on the Grounds and Cemetery Committee. He was also a member of the Hanska American Legion Post 365, the Disabled American Veterans New Ulm Chapter 15, the Hanska VFW Post, and Good Sam Camping. He enjoyed time spent with family and friends, fishing, camping, golfing and traveling.
Survivors include his wife Shirley Olson of New Ulm; children, Craig (Bonita) Olson of Rochester, Pamela (Greg) Gartner of New Richmond, WI, Noel Olson of New Ulm, Michael (Lori) Olson of Mankato, Brent (Julie) Olson of New Ulm; stepchildren Dawn Christie of Woodbury, Bruce (Sue) Christie of St. Charles; 21 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brother Donald (Mae Carol) Olson of Hanska; sister Lois (Vern) Hopkins of Salina, KS; nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
In addition to his first wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his step-daughter Sheri Christie and stepson-in-law Terry Kroening.
Memorials are preferred to the Hope Lodge in Rochester (American Cancer Society), the New Ulm Food Shelf or to the donor's choice.