Howard O. Olson, 77, Minot, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in a Minot hospital.
Howard was born April 29, 1936, in Fillmore, to Oscar and Magda (Sand) Olson. He was raised on the family farm, baptized and confirmed in the Fillmore Lutheran Church and a graduate of Fillmore High School in 1954. He attended Minot Business College and later the School of Automation in Des Moines, Iowa.
Howard was united in marriage to Marlene Tofte, of Wolford, on Aug. 27, 1960. Minot has been their home since his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1965.
He started Howard and Associates Realty. They specialized in the building and selling of many homes and commercial properties in Minot and the surrounding areas for many years.
In his retirement years, Howard enjoyed reading, writing stories of growing up on the farm and was often found baking lefse and pies. He always completed the daily crossword puzzle in the paper and was never asked twice to get in a game of pinochle. He loved animals, especially his five American Eskimo dogs, which split time over the years with his little cat, "Boots."
Howard was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, and also shared memberships through the years to the Minot Elks, Minot Eagles Aerie, American Legion and Moose Lodge, all of Minot. He will be dearly missed by all who shared in his life.
Surviving family includes: loving wife of 53 years, Marlene, Minot; sister, Betty Randle; brother, Vernon Olson; brother-in-law, Elder Tofte: and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Service: Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Persilla Watts Cemetery, Rugby, later in the spring of 2014.
Visitation: Monday, Dec. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Those wanting to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).