Jeffrey “Jeff” S. Olson


Jeffrey Scott Olson, 61, of Arcadia, succumbed to his lengthy battle with cancer on July 5, 2022, surrounded by his family in the comfort of his own home.

Jeffrey was born July 9, 1960, to Paul A. and Elaine R. (Thoeny) Olson in Minneapolis, MN. After graduating from Fridley High School in 1978, he moved to Winona, MN, and attended Winona Tech where he obtained his degree in welding in 1980. He worked at AG Coop in Arcadia, and although the company changed names several times throughout the years, he remained a dedicated employee, having recently celebrated his 40th work anniversary at Pilgrim’s. Despite his illness, he worked passionately to support his family, working up until his final days. 

Jeffrey spent most of his childhood weekends on the Olson farm in Weaver, MN, and developed a strong connection with the outdoors and family over the years. Jeff frequently shared stories of his time on “the Farm”, milking cows with “Uncle Willie”, rescuing the farm animals by boat during the Weaver Creek Flood of '78, camping with his parents and brother at Money Creek, snowmobiling the Kellogg area, duck hunting “the bottoms” and deer hunting on his grandparents’ farm.

Jeff loved to hunt and fish, learning from his parents at an early age, and in turn, he passed on his passion to his boys. Canadian fishing trips were fondly remembered for spending time with family and dear friends. Seeing the excitement and looks on the kids’ faces when they caught their first “BIG” fish was one of his cherished memories. He was extremely proud of his children and their achievements, supporting them throughout their journeys and into becoming the fine young men they are now. Strong roots are the foundation to life & love. Jeff was a kind, dedicated and supportive husband, father, dear friend, and co-worker to so many over the years.

Jeff is survived by his wife of 32 years, Jessica (Martin) Olson of Arcadia; sons: Brandon Olson (Emily Nettesheim) of Oakland, CA and Brock Olson (Brittany Ziegler) of Arcadia; mother, Elaine Olson of Winona, MN; brother, Brian (Bonnie) Olson of Lee Summit, MO; aunt, Thelma (Olson) Holland of Weaver, MN; uncles: Gilmore Jr. “Beau” Olson of Weaver, MN and Charles Lord of Plattsburg, MO; sisters-in-law, Jan (Gary) Gamm of Maricopa, AZ, Jean Sorensen of Apache Junction, AZ, Gloria Doty of Sartell, MN and Eva Johnson of Brainard, MN; brother-in-law, Eugene Martin of Milaca, MN; along with several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Paul A. Olson; paternal grandparents, Gilmore Sr. and Dorothy (Curtis) Olson; maternal grandparents, Clarence and Irma (Raditz) Thoeny; uncle, William Olson; aunts: Marlene (Olson) Lord and Janice Olson; father and mother-in law, Fred P. and Bertha M. Martin of Isanti, MN; and his cousin, Paul.

A special thank you to Dr. Thorvardur Halfdanarson and all the Oncology staff of Mayo Clinic - Rochester, MN; Paul Winey, PA-C, Arcadia and Chris Peterson, PA-C, Gundersen Health for their support and kindness throughout the years.

Always quiet and never wanting to be the center of attention, Jeff remained a dedicated and faithful companion to many, and a cherished friend that will always be in our thoughts & prayers.

A celebration of life will be held for family and friends in honor of Jeff’s life at a future date. Wozney-Killian Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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