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William "Bill" Olson, 71

William "Bill" Olson, 71, of Hibbing, died Wednesday, April 23, 2008, of cancer at his home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hibbing with the Rev. Peter Muhich officiating. Visi...

William "Bill" Olson, 71, of Hibbing, died Wednesday, April 23, 2008, of cancer at his home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hibbing with the Rev. Peter Muhich officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing assisted the family with arrangements.

He was born April 8, 1937, to Henry and Lillian Olson in Grand Rapids. He graduated from Grand Rapids High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education, and later a master's degree in education and counseling, at Bemidji State University. He served in the Minnesota Army National Guard.

He married Bonnie Barrett Aug. 22, 1964, in Bemidji. The couple moved to Hibbing, where he began his teaching career. He had completed 34 years of teaching fifth grade at Jefferson Elementary when he retired in 1998.

He also served as Hibbing High School hockey coach for almost 25 years. He was a dedicated member of the Hibbing Curling Club, Swan Lake Country Club, the MEA Retirees, Memorial Building coffee group and the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association, which named him High School Coach of the Year in 1988. He took great pleasure in fishing, curling, golfing, gardening, hunting, bicycling and going for walks. Friends and family were a big part of his life, and he enjoyed spending time with his three young grandchildren.

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He is survived by his wife; children, Steven and Laurie Olson; three grandchildren; brother, Ole (Barbara) Olson of Grand Rapids; sisters, Maxine (Rayno) Maki of Grand Rapids, Iris (Wally) Herschbach of Virginia Beach, Va., and Hibbing and Kathleen (John) Casey of Virginia Beach; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Hank; and sister, Edith Grossell.

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