A Funeral Service for Gordon L. Olafson of Roseau, MN will be held on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Spruce Free Lutheran Church in Roseau, MN. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 9, 2022 from 5-7 PM at Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau, MN with a prayer service at 6:30 PM. Interment will be held at Spruce Cemetery in Roseau, MN.
Gordon Leroy Olafson passed away peacefully on January 4, 2022, at his home with family members by his side at the age of 85.
Gordon was born in Roseau on June 28, 1936, to Olaf and Erma (Karlson) Olafson. He was the fifth of six children. Gordon grew up on the family farm where he worked in the fields and barn beside his siblings and parents. He went to country school and then Roseau School. On April 2, 1960, Gordon married Martha Larsen. That same year they purchased the family farm and he began his family with Martha and they had five children: Wayne, Mark, Scott, Joni and Nathan.
Gordon was a member of the Spruce Free Lutheran Church where he was baptized and confirmed. He was also the supervisor of Spruce township for many years.
Gordon will always be remembered by his unconditional love and kindness that he had for his family and friends. He found great pride in keeping the farm and all of his belongings in tip-top shape. He enjoyed driving around inspecting the crops, gardening, hunting, fishing, camping, road trips, and spending time with family and friends. He was well known for his story and joke telling, practical jokes, and making people laugh.
Gordon is survived by his wife Martha (Larsen) Olafson of Roseau, children Mark (MaryAnn) Olafson of Roseau, Joni (Mike) Bedard of Roseau, Nathan (Stephanie) Olafson of Badger, and daughter-in-law Shelly Olafson of Roseau. Siblings Mardell (Olafson) Falk of Salol, Vernon (Odale) Olafson of Roseau, sister-in-laws Nancy Olafson and Lauraine Olafson of Roseau, grandchildren Sara (Erik) Magnusson, Cody Olafson, Brittany (Joe) Heppner, Aaron (girlfriend Chelsea) Olafson, Kyle (Jessica) Wensloff, Austin Wensloff, Kiah Olafson, Ivan Olafson, Eli Olafson, and Angie Robinson, great-grandchildren Bryden, Easton, Kambrya, Eaden, Audrina, Everett, Jordyn, Liam, and Felix. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Gordon was preceded in death by his parents Olaf and Erma Olafson, his in-laws Clarence and Evelyn Larsen, Sister Betty Ann (Olafson) Landin, Brothers Curtis Olafson and Conrad (Connie) Olafson, and sons Wayne Olafson and Scott Olafson.
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