A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Bagley, MN with Rev. Dave Super officiating. A Memorial Visitation will be on Friday from 5-7 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at the church. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted with the arrangements.
Rodney was born on May 24, 1954 in Bagley, Minnesota the son of Jerome and Sylvia (Hromidko) Olson. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Josephs Catholic Church. Rodney attended Bagley schools graduating in 1972. He attended Northwest Technical College in Thief River Falls and studied auto body. Rodney married Roberta Taflin in 1975 and later divorced. To this union three children were born- Jerrid, Jandi, and Jody. Rodney married Jane Reese on May 13, 1995.
Rodney worked for Philip and Judy Carver, Brost Chevrolet in Crookston, Wilde Construction, and Willbergs Body Shop in his early years. He was employed by Bagley Public Utilities from March 1, 1975 September 11, 2007.
Rodney and Jane loved farming together raising red angus beef cows, gardening, haying, and fieldwork. Rodney liked working with dirt and would haul black dirt to his customers.
Rodney loved spending time with his family and playing with his kids, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was always up to a prank, and loved to drink coffee and visit. Rodney worked with wood, iron, restored cars and loved working in his shop. Rodney loved to dance and his family loved to dance with him.
Survivors include- his wife Jane Olson of Bagley; Son- Jerrid (Domine) Olson of Hickam AFB in Hawaii; Daughters- Jandi (Craig Swenson) Wangstad of Bagley, MN, Jody (Craig) Bjerke of Clearbrook, MN; Step-son- Dustin (Heather) Reese of Bemidji, MN; Stepdaughter- Sheena Reese of Bemidji, MN; Grandchildren- Preston , Paige, and Parker Olson, Kaci Schultz-Reese and Brock Reese, Jaiden, Ariah, Brytin and Kiana Wangstad, Jesse and Katie Bjerke; Sister- Connie (Owen) Shegrud; Brothers- Donovan (Charlene) Olson; Garry (Willa) Olson; Larry (Cindy) Olson; Jerry (Natalie) Olson all of Bagley; Sisters-in-law- Theresa (Curt) Finch of Burnsville, MN, Melinda (Bill) Hall of Nebish, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and step-father- Art Branden.
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