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Douglas K. Olson


     Douglas “Doug” Olson, 68, passed away on February 26, 2021 at Pembina County Memorial Hospital in Cavalier, ND, due to complications of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 from 5:00–7:00 pm at the Askew Funeral Home in Cavalier, ND. A memorial service will be held in his honor on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the United Lutheran Church in Cavalier, ND. A webcast of the service will be available to watch on the funeral home website on Thursday afternoon. Social distancing and masks will be required.

     Douglas Keith Olson was born December 28, 1952, to Keith and Alice (Sandgren) Olson in Grafton, ND. A lifelong resident of Pembina County, he spent his early years hot-rodding around the streets of his beloved Bathgate, ND, where he lived with his parents and his sister, Linda. He graduated from Neche High School in 1970 and attended the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University.  

     Doug started farming at an early age with his dad, which blossomed into a decades-long, successful career in agriculture. He was proud of the business that he built. His shop was a frequent gathering point for fellow farmers, looking to celebrate or lament the latest weather event or local happening—perhaps over a Bud Light (or two).

     In April 1970, he worked up the guts to ask his high school crush, Mary Beth Anderson, to their senior prom, sparking a lifelong love affair that carried him through to his last breath. The pair were married at Christ Lutheran Church in Neche, ND on June 28, 1974. They settled in Cavalier, ND and raised three children.

     Doug’s love and zest for life were as strong as his broad shoulders. He was an avid reader, gardener, fisherman, and pheasant hunter. He adored his summer weekends at Woodland Resort in Devils Lake, ND, surrounded by friends who feel like family. He enthusiastically road-tripped to NASCAR races around the country, basked in the Florida sun, and enjoyed glorious beach sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico with Mary Beth during winters in retirement.

     Doug is survived by his wife, Mary Beth; children: Traci (Justin) Elder, Edina, MN; Tricia (Stasha) Ler, Edina, MN; Tyler (Sarah) Olson, Plymouth, MN; grandchildren Samuel and Quinn Elder, Madeline and Nolan Ler, Colin and Benjamin Olson; sister, Linda (Jim) Dupre’, Rapid City, SD; and many loving aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents.

     In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Hospice of the Red River Valley, the Pembina County Memorial Hospital, or United Lutheran Church of Cavalier, ND.

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May all the sweet memories of Doug and your life together bring you solace during this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Marilee (Trenbeath) Ennis Mar 4 2021 12:00 AM

Mary Beth & family
We are so sorry for your loss. Doug always had a smile and you could tell he enjoyed life. You had 3 awesome kids together and we know that you will all miss him terribly, and so will a lot of others! Prayers and hugs to all of you.

Ken Nordstrom & Beth Thomson Mar 3 2021 12:00 AM

Mary Beth and family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We always enjoyed visiting with both of you and of course Doug and myself would have a few stories about going to school in Bathgate. Cherish the memories and the gallery wall was nice to see. Remember that God will give you comfort in the coming days.

Kermit and Ruth Rollefstad Mar 3 2021 12:00 AM

We send our deepest sympathies to Mary Beth, the kids, the grandkids and family. You all have been in our thoughts and prayers. Doug will be very missed by many.

Whitney Fellerman Mar 3 2021 12:00 AM

Mary Beth -

My sincerest condolences to your family. We will keep you in our prayers.

Tanya Thorlakson Rey

Tanya Thorlakson Rey Mar 3 2021 12:00 AM

Mary Beth and family
Our deepest sympathies to all of you for your loss. Doug was always fun to visit with. He will by missed by many, Cherish the memories!!!
Gary and Edna

Gary Lindenberger Mar 3 2021 12:00 AM

All of our sympathy to your family in this time of loss. So very sorry we cannot be with you tomorrow and Thursday. We will be praying for you all. Cherish all of the memories as he was a wonderful man.

Marcine Elder & family Mar 2 2021 12:00 AM

Mary Beth and family May you find comfort in this time of loss with friends and family. The tribute wall has so many great memories to look back on. So sorry for your loss.

Allen and Roxie Horsley Mar 2 2021 12:00 AM

Mary Beth & Family, Our deepest sympathy to all of you at this difficult time. You will all have stories/memories to tell and share with each other. Let those bring you strength, comfort and courage to face the days ahead. Surrounded by many who will give you support and love, Don & Michelle Murray

Michelle Murray Mar 1 2021 12:00 AM

Mary Beth & family, We are so deeply sorry your loss. Doug was such a friendly guy and always had a smile for everyone. He had a quick sense of humor, which made visits with you two full of laughs. May God give you comfort and peace at this sad time. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers. Love & Hugs, Jerry & Carol Greenwood

Jerry & Carol Greenwood Mar 1 2021 12:00 AM

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