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William Otto, "Bill" Olson

Bill Olson passed peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Thunder Bay with family at his side.
He was born in Rainy River. As a young man he enjoyed the outdoors, and was an accomplished hunter and fisherman. He left home to start out on his own but came back to marry Ella Kaus in October 1950. Bill and Ella moved to Atikokan where Bill began a lifelong career in mining at Steep Rock Iron Mines. They raised 4 children and after 23 years at Atikokan the family moved to the Okanagan Valley to work at Brenda Mines. He took pride in the many hours spent adding to his home in Westbank, B.C.
In 1995 Bill Married Beulah Sandmoen-Wood. They remained in Kelowna for 10 years, winning more than their share of meat draws at the Legion. They spent each summer on the Little Grassy River in Bergland, fishing and entertaining friends and family. Ten years later they returned to Rainy River where he enjoyed his time on the deck visiting with old friends and riding his mower in his park-like yard.
He is survived by his wife Beulah, daughter Cheryl (Brad), sons David (Barbara), Marvin, Dale, 7 grand children, as well as step-children Denver (Bev), Ron (Annie), Rebecca, Barbara, Ralph, as well as 8 more grandchildren, greats and great-greats, all of whom love and miss him. Bill is also survived by his brothers Don (Helen) and John (Susan) and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his first wife, Ella, parents William and Dagny Olson, brothers Vernon and Ross. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday March 30, 2016 at 11 a.m. from the Rainy River Evangelical Church, with Rev. Frances Flook Officiating. Interment will take place in McInnes Creek Cemetery.
Pall Bearers will be David Olson, Marvin Olson, Dale Olson, Allan Olson, Bradley Olson and Richard Drennan.
If desired memorial donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, c/o Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89, Emo, ON, P0W 1E0. Online condolences may be offered at