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Bert D. Olson

Bert D. Olson, age 79 peacefully passed away January 5, 2021 of complications from the Covid virus. He was born March 25, 1941 in Grafton, ND the youngest son of Bert and Madeleine Olson of Glasston, ND.

Bert grew up on the family farm near Glasston, ND. He attended a one room school house a half mile east of the farm through grade 5 before moving on to Glasston public for grades 6 and 7 then   completing his grade school and high school education in Cavalier. He attended Mayville State College earning a degree in business from 1959 to 1963. On June 14, 1963 he married his childhood sweetheart Marlys Dietrich in Cavalier. The same year he attended basic training in the United States Air Force at Chanute Air force base in Amarillo, TX and took further training in Champaign, IL. He then became a member of the Fargo Air Guard. That same year he acquired Olson Motor Company which he successfully ran until 1994 when it was sold to Swanson Motors.

He was very much an entrepreneur! He ran a custom combining operation, Bert Olson Trucking, housing rentals, dealt in real estate, and owned The Red Bridge Inn, a bed and breakfast in Park Rapids, MN. He was involved in many community organizations; The Cavalier Chamber, The Baptist Church, Board of Directors of United Valley Bank, CII Retail Committee, an avid sports announcer at Cavalier high school football games, the host of the Saturday morning “Coaches Corner” on KXPO radio, and who wouldn’t remember his organization of floats in the annual Christmas Parade. He could be seen racing Division Street on his 4 wheeler making sure everything was timely and in order.

There was only ONE like him!! A servant of the Lord, a loving and dedicated husband, and sincerest friend. He was an avid sports fan. The high school quarterback, and 4 year starter on the Mayville State College football team. Never full of himself, and always offering a helpful hand to others to lift them up. If you were ever in need of most anything Bert was always there with never ending support. Mr. Cavalier as he was fondly referred to was his home, his pride, his lasting legacy. The towns people were his dearest friends and family.

Bert was very much an animal lover. Enjoying his evening walks through the paths he had cut through the bush on his 80 acres of land west of Cavalier. Sitting with his adored wife Marlys on their swing watching the deer frolic in the pasture beyond. They were always accompanied by their beloved dog Ginger more person than dog. Friends might stop by for a visit. Always a story to be told. “Did I ever tell you the story of ……” and the yarn would begin likely to be followed by the next. Never a dull moment in Bert’s presence.

There was seldom a time you didn’t hear his quick footsteps of his boots across the showroom floor at Olson Motors that converted to tennis shoes and white socks below his short pants in the summers. A welcome smile to lasting friends as well as strangers who entered in. Often having to wait for his attention as he competed a phone call, yet always worth the extra time it took just to share a moment of his time. He never did take to fancy I phones, but rather his flip phone. Patient to text the complication of digits to type even one letter. His texts likely short, but always heart felt.

To write of his faithfulness as a friend, as a husband, as a supporter of Cavalier and his love of God would take pages!! We are all so thankful to call him our friend!

Bert is survived by his wife, Marlys, brother Bob, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Darlene and Dale, his nieces and nephews Jacki, Juli, Jay, Rob, Rick and Mike. He was preceded in death by his parents Bert and Madeleine Olson and niece Jana, sister-in-law, Kay,

A public visitation will be held Sunday, January 10th from 3:00 p.m. to 5;00 p.m. at the Cavalier Baptist Church, Cavalier, ND. A private service will be held Monday, January 11, 2020 at the church. Burial will be held at the Cavalier Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bert’s name to Wedgewood Manor, Pembina County Memorial Hospital, Borg Memorial Home in Mountain, ND, and Faith in Action. The service will be webcast on the funeral home website following the service. Masks and social distancing will be required.


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Wonderful memories for a Pasadena city boy being able to spend time on the Olson farm and in the harvest fields with cousins Bert and Bob, and their dog Tuffy.

David Kennelly Jan 15 2021 12:00 AM

Bert was my friend, teammate and a groomsman for me. He always had a passion to lead and was one of the most positive people one could meet. It is difficult to realize our last conversation was at the restaurant he and Markus created in downtown Cavalier. My thoughts and prayers are with Marlys, Bob and the Olson family. We all share in your grief, but have great memories of this man and his life...

Doug Eiken Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM

We offer our sympathy to Marlys and family. Bert was always cheerful, kind and friendly. We will miss him!
Gary and Anita Stevens

Gary and Anita Stevens Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

Bert served on the Board of Directors of Premier Wealth Management Group for 22 years. He was always one of our greatest supporters along with his insight proved invaluable for the growth of our company. He was full of constructive input and interesting stories to share.

Bert invited my family to his home to meet Marlys and take my wife and kids on a ride through the many paths he had cut through the trees on their property. My wife and I also enjoyed an anniversary stay at his beloved Red Bridge Inn.

We will miss Bert dearly and consider it an honor to have known him and spend time with him.

Brad Bergdahl and the team of Premier Wealth Management Group Jan 11 2021 12:00 AM

My husband I were fortunate enough to have met Bert by chance when we were looking to buy some land near the gorge. We drove to his home in Cavalier and spent the day with him and his wife. We walked on that beloved path, sat on the porch and drank lemonade and toured their beautiful home. He was so kind and down to earth, felt like we had known him forever. I am certain he will be missed deeply in his community. I suspect he is now singing with the angels as you could tell he was a man of faith. Condolences to his family at this difficult time.
Randy and Melissa Schumacher
Jamestown, North Dakota.

melissa Schumacher Jan 11 2021 12:00 AM

My sincere condolences to all family and friends! I have known and did work for Bert for 38 yrs. He was always pleasant to be around. Dean Kaml Windshield Dr. of Grafton

DEAN KAML Jan 11 2021 12:00 AM

My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to all family and friends. I have done work for Bert for a very long time. He was always fun, interesting and very polite! he is an icon that will truly be missed!
Dean Kaml Windshield Dr. of Grafton

DEAN KAML Jan 11 2021 12:00 AM

Beautiful, meaningful service! Sympathy to all, God bless.

Mary Boushee Jan 11 2021 12:00 AM

Thinking of you Marlys & so so sorry for your loss. I think of Bert & I think of you. I think of you & I think of Bert. Now your partnership will take on a new form but I know you will still be together. God be with you in this time of grief & sorrow. One time Bert helped me put up a light switch plate which had a pattern on it (which had a top to it & a bottom). He put it on upside down without realizing it. We both stood back & sized it up. He asked how I liked it. And I said I liked it but was wondering if we should put it right side up. We both had a good laugh. My parents & I have fondly reminisced over that memory many times. Thinking of you Marlys & family.

Kristen Johnson Jan 11 2021 12:00 AM

very sorry , bert was a good friend and will be missed, Bert and my dad will be on an Alaska mt range sharing stories

john forbes Jan 10 2021 12:00 AM

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