Orlee Olson

Orlee Olson was born Aug. 13, 1942, to Ole and Deborah Olson.Posted Feb. 5, 2014


Orlee Olson
Orlee Olson


Orlee Olson was born Aug. 13, 1942, to Ole and Deborah Olson. He attended Taylor Butte School until the family moved to town. In the spring of 1952 he started plowing the quarter of land his family owned with a John Deere D and 3-bottom plow.

In 1959 Orlee got his first job with Julius Goplin, he went south and drove truck and combine. They started in Oklahoma and cut all the way home.

Orlee graduated from Hettinger High School in 1961 before purchasing his first combine. He went on his own as a custom combiner paying $6,000 for a new 1959 model.

On Aug. 25, 1962 he married the love of his life, Carol Ione Engraf. Carol had graduated the winter of 1963 from UND. During that time they had bought a trailer and lived in Grand Forks while Carol went to school. After graduation they moved back to Hettinger, N.D.

On Aug. 14, 1964, their only son, Brady Paul Olson, was born in Bismarck N.D.

On Oct. 1, 1967, the family moved to Fargo and Orlee started his truck driving career.

During the summer of 1968, Orlee and Carol bought their first house in West Fargo.

Their second child was born on Jan. 25, 1969 and they adopted Dana in March of that year.

On March 8, 1997, Orlee suffered a heart attack, which ended his truck driving career.

He then started working for his son Brady at Brady’s Service and became a partner on Jan. 1, 1998.

Orlee enjoyed spending time outdoors and fishing with his brother, Clayton.

He especially loved the time hunting and golfing with his grandsons. He will be greatly missed.

Orlee is survived by his son, Brady (Stacie) Olson of Dilworth, Minn., and their sons, Landon, Ian and Brevin Olson; his daughter, Dana Olson of Lakeville, Minn., and her son, Skyler Olson-Wain. He is also survived by siblings, Lois Adsem, Linda Engraf, Sheila (Rodney) Novak, Sheryl (Bobby) Bishop, Clayton (Cynthia) Olson, Elaine (Don) Nash, Eve (Donald) Safratowich; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Olson; and parents, Ole and Deborah Olson.

Memorial Gathering will be held Friday, Feb. 7, from 12 to 1 p.m., in Triumph Lutheran Brethren Church, Moorhead, Minn. A Memorial Service will be Friday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m., in Triumph Lutheran Brethren Church, Moorhead, Minn. Interment will be in the Hettinger Cemetery, Hettinger, N.D.

Online guestbook and video tribute at www.wrightfuneral.com