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Ted Olson

May 20, 1928 — November 5, 2011

** To view Video Tribute, click weblink above ** Theodore James “Ted” Olson, 83, Belle Fourche, died at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center Hospice in Fort Meade, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, November 5, 2011. Ted was born May 20, 1928 to William and Anne (Helmer) Olson at home on the Pascoe Ranch, west of Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Ted grew up on the family ranches in partnership with his Dad and brothers raising cattle and sheep, farming, and milking cows. He received his education in Butte County, attending White School, Ingersoll School, and Belle Fourche High School. Ted was drafted into Military Service January 1951. He was stationed at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, where he was assigned Military Police duties; Sandia Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He served in the U.S. Army Military Police during the Korean Conflict until his honorable discharge in January 1953 when he returned to work with his Dad and brothers on the ranch. Ted met the love of his life, Anna Laura Lee, at a Country Dance at the Spearfish Park Pavilion. While Ted was home on furlough, they were married July 24, 1951, at the United Methodist Church in Belle Fourche. After they were married, Ann joined Ted at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin. Ann returned home in August 1952 to await the birth of their first daughter, Barbara Ann. After his discharge from the Army, Ted resumed farming and ranching with his Dad and three brothers. He lived with his wife and daughter, Barbara, in Belle Fourche for a short time and worked for the Soil Conservation District before moving to the ranch 12 miles East of Belle Fourche near Orman Dam. It was here a second daughter, Linda Lee, was born. Along with developing his homestead, Ted was a member of the United Methodist Church, Chairman of the Orman School Board, President and served on the Board of Directors for Farm Bureau, President of the Arpan Community Club, member of the Moose Lodge, Amvets, South Dakota Sheepgrowers, and South Dakota Stockgrowers. Ted was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He made each and every one of his family feel loved. Some of his greatest pleasures came from his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Watching their activities kept him young at heart. Ted was a wonderful man who loved farming and ranching. He was born in an era when a person’s word was his worth; this was very important all through his life. Ted will be fondly remembered for the love of his wife, his daughters, and their families. Those who knew him will recall his quiet and gentle spirit, honesty, warmth, and sense of humor. Ted is now dancing on the streets of gold and having a beautiful reunion with loved ones and friends who have gone before him. He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Anne Olson, two brothers, Richard (Dick) Olson, and W.R. (Bob) Olson. Ted’s spirit now lives on through his wife of 60 years, Ann of Belle Fourche, SD; his daughters-- Barbara (Jeff) Ogaard of Rapid City, SD and Linda (Ron) Swan of Belle Fourche, SD; brother Donald “Don” Olson of Belle Fourche, SD , sister Alice (Ralph) Trygstad of Redding, CA ; five grandchildren¬-- James (Chelsie) Ogaard, Matthew (Amber) Ogaard, Travis, Ashley and Kelli Swan; and four great granddaughters-- Olivia, Kylee, Bayleigh, and Hope. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 10:00am at the United Methodist Church in Belle Fourche with Pastor Martin Earl officiating. The family will gather at Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche on Thursday at 4:30pm with a family prayer service at 5:30pm. Open visitation will be from 6:00-7:00pm. Burial will be at the Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche following the service. Military Honors will be provided by the Belle Fourche Veterans Honor Guard. Memorials have been established for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center Hospice Unit in Ft. Meade, the Northern Hills Hospice, and the Belle Fourche Fire Department. Date of Birth May 20, 1928 – Belle Fourche, South Dakota Date of Death November 5, 2011 – Fort Meade, South Dakota Funeral Service 10:00 A.M. – Friday – November 11, 2011 United Methodist Church Belle Fourche, South Dakota Officiant – Pastor Martin Earl Music Organist – Faith Goehring Hymns – “Precious Lord”, “Amazing Grace” Soloist – Helen Packer “Life’s Railway to Heaven“ Honorary Casketbearers All Family and Friends      Active Casketbearers James Ogaard                                                        Curt Olson Matthew Ogaard                                               David Olson Travis Swan                                                     James Antrim Interment Pine Slope Cemetery – Belle Fourche, SD Military Honors by Belle Fourche Veterans Honor Guard
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