Lyle Martin Olson, 78 | Thief River Falls Times & Northern Watch – Official Page


Thief River Falls – Lyle Martin Olson, 78, of Thief River Falls, passed away on Monday, December 20, 2021 at the Fargo VA Health Care System in Fargo, ND.

Lyle Martin Olson was born on November 11, 1943 in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, the son of Martin Roman Olson and Millie (Pederson) Olson. He attended school and graduated from High School in Thief River Falls. He was confirmed at church in Thief River Falls.

After High School Lyle joined the army in 1962. He was in the military for 9 years. He was based in the States, but served overseas in Germany and other countries. He was a Vietnam veteran having served in Vietnam in the mid Sixties. Lyle was honorably discharged in 1971.

Lyle returned to Minnesota where he worked at a vocational school in Minneapolis in the machine dept for 2 years. He returned to Thief River Falls and began working for Thygeson Construction running dozers and blades. He joined the street dept of Thief River Falls where he worked for 30 years, spending the last 5 years as supervisor. He retired in 2005.

Lyle Martin Olson married Merrie Jean (Heller) Olson on October 19, 1974 in Thief River Falls where they lived for over 47 years.

Lyle enjoyed the outdoors, which included his love of hunting and fishing.  He also loved to work in the yard and the garage on projects.

He was a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of the American Legion in Thief River Falls.

Survivors include his wife, Merrie (Heller) Olson of 47 years; brother, Russel Olson of Tennessee; sister, Marlene (Olson) Houske of Minneapolis; nephews, Robert (Cindy) Houske and Richard Houske of Thief River Falls; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Lyle is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dennis Olson; and sister-in-law, Joanie Olson.

Lyle was a caring and wonderful man and will be greatly missed. He will also be missed by his canine companions, Freda & Odie.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls.  Burial will take place at the Fargo National Cemetery in Harwood, ND.

Visitation will take place from 12-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Johnson Funeral Service.

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