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John Olson, 83

With great sadness the family announce the sudden passing of our loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. John who passed way early Friday morning July 10 2015.
He was born April 23,1932 to Albert and Nancy Olson in Glenwood, Alberta. John was united in marriage to his loving wife and soulmate Mildred on Nov, 24,1958 in the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints in Bergland Ont. Following their marriage they made their way west to Cardston Alberta, the area where John originally came from and his parents lived.
In March of 1959 John and Mildred and tiny daughter Karen moved back to Bergland where they took over her fathers farm. John was a man who loved to work on his own to try new things and to improve on the different ways of doing things.
Working the land and nature was a part of John and he enjoyed the hard work and the knowledge that he gained.He came from a large family with limited means so as soon as he was able to get on the back of a horse with the aid of a fence rail he was helping neighbouring ranchers with rounding up cattle, milk cows, haying, hauling grain and what ever had to be done. He was a willing working kid and they knew who to ask whenever an extra hand was needed. He didn't earn much in those days but every penny was important. He worked one summer vacation for a rancher doing all the chores that needed doing in hopes of earning enough for a pair of shoes for school in the fall. It came time to get paid and the rancher told him the knowledge that he gained was enough and that he shouldn't have to pay any money, so no money for shoes! A few years later he got a job with the CPR on the section and then foreman, but the day to day labour was not for John so he ventured on to Atikokan in its hey day and worked for Steep Rock as a cliff wall scaler. He also worked for Paddy Harrison Construction as well.
On a trip to Bergland to visit his cousins he met his future wife. His talents were many but wood carving was exceptional and his carvings are in many parts of the world. Astronomy, history and science were some of his interests. He was a wise, gentle, loving, compassionate man. Loved his family and so loved by them
He leaves to mourn his loss, his loving wife Mildred of almost 57 years. His pride and joy his family; daughter Karen (Paul) Kelly of Hinton, Alberta, son Erik of Mackenzie, B.C, daughters Cheryl (Jack) Close of Gilbert, Arizona and Myrna (Todd) Erickson of Hinton, Alberta. His grandchildren (Karen's) Terra (Evan) Wolski of Brandon, Michelle (Blake) Coughlin of Hinton, Ashlea McDavid of Prince George, Brendan of Hinton, (Cheryl's) Shawn of Peyton Colorado, Tyler, Justin and Austin of Gilbert, Arizona, (Myrna's) Rob (Nicolle), Steph (Cody) and Danny all of Hinton.
Great grandchildren Maggie, Amy, Dainnon, twins Jade and Troy,Talyn, Josh, Jace, Kerstyn, and Aiden.
He is also survived by his siblings Harold (Jean) Hilda, Esther (Ron) Wenchowski, Georgina Steffler, Rex (Betty) Susan Riehl, Chris, Bruce and Bonnie (Octave) De Smet and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased, his parents Albert and Nancy, his brother David and his in-laws Petter and Karen Larsen.
Funeral services will be held at the Bergland Community Hall on Sunday July 19 at 3 p.m. Interment will be in the Bergland Cemetery.
Honourary Pallbearers will be Charles Gate, Gary Ferrin and Dave McDougall.
Active pallbearers will be friends Glenn Anderson, John Anderson, Dale Johnsrud, Robert Kreger, Lloyd Moen, and Reg Weeks.
If desired memorial donations may made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be offered at

My tribute to my cherished husband...

The examples you set, The lessons you teach
The strong helping hands that were always in reach
The fears that you calmed , the doubts you erased
The tears that you dried on an unhappy face
The firmness that was needed when boundries were crossed
The lengths that you went to, no matter the cost
Our family is stronger - you've set us apart
You keep us and hold us close to your heart
and the love that you gave, is the greatest by far
of the reasons I cherish the Good Man You are

My everlasting love your wife....