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Rodney C. Olson

Rodney C. Olson

Rodney C. Olson, 59, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008 at St. Mary's Nursing Center in Detroit Lakes.

He was born Jan. 5, 1949 to Ernest and Marie (Abbott) Olson in Detroit Lakes. He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1967. He then attended Detroit Lakes Vocational and Technical Institute for two years.

He worked for Larson-Peterson Associates as a civil engineer technician. In 1969 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Berlin, Germany, as a G2 Intelligence Specialist. He returned to Detroit Lakes in 1971 and continued to work for Larson-Peterson Associates. He married Karen Mattson May 29, 1976 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. As a senior civil engineer he designed many water treatment plants, including the Detroit Lakes wastewater treatment plant. He designed many streets, water mains, buildings and utility projects, and was a resident inspector for numerous civil engineering projects throughout West Central Minnesota. Rodney worked for Larson-Peterson Associates for 30 years before retiring.

He was a member of the Elks and a life member of the VFW.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; two daughters: Gretchen (Trevor) Thilmony of Detroit Lakes, and Kimberly (Jason) Paesler of Brainerd; two brothers: Tom (Carol) and Tim (Cheryl), both of Detroit Lakes; a sister, Connie (Greg) Bentson of Cohasset; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edwin and Gloria Mattson of Detroit Lakes; sister-in-law, Elaine (Tom) Mack of Detroit Lakes; three grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service: Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Shell Lake Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Osage.

Interment: Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, rural Osage.

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