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Robert "Bob" Olafson

Robert (Bob) Frederick Olafson, age 82, passed away on January 26, 2018 at Eventide in Fargo. Bob was born April 14, 1935 at the Olafson farm in the area called Eyford, Thingvalla Township. His parents are Valdimar (Valdi) Franklin Olafson (1898-1981) and Lovisa Gudlaug (Louise) Jonasson (1914-1999) who farmed at the Olafsson homestead. Bob graduated from the Gardar High School. He worked on the Olafson and Jonasson farms and created Olafson Brothers Construction Company. He is the second oldest of eight siblings.
On June 5, 1959, he and Betty Ann McDonald of Cavalier were united in marriage at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cavalier.
Over the years, Bob worked tirelessly for Olafson Brothers in farming and construction. He enjoyed airplanes and built many model airplanes and heavy construction models through the years. He had a private pilot license for many years. Bob and Betty retired to Fargo in 1994.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Donna Elaine in 2012, three siblings who died when young; Donald Wayne, Karen Elizabeth, and Linda Darlyne, and two nephews Jeffrey Alan Sapa who died young and Brian Lee Olafson in 1994.
Left to mourn the loss is his devoted wife of 58 years, Betty and their three daughters, 1. Sunna Pam (Jeff) Furstenau and grandchildren Macey (Matt) Andvik and Cody (Caitlin) Furstenau all of Fargo; 2. Brenda (Rock) Messerschmidt of Fargo and grandchildren Nichole (Jon) Kearns of Grand Forks, Kayce (Gabe) Halley of Fargo; 3. Barb (Keith) Aasen of Bismarck and grandchildren Krissy (Mike) Mooney of Fargo and Zach of Bismarck. There are fifteen great-grandchildren who also survive. Siblings who survive: Dean, Roger (Marilyn), and Curtis (BjĂ©¶rk) all from rural Edinburg as well as nieces, nephews, and many extended family members of Bob and Betty.
A memorial service will be held at the Mountain Community Center in Mountain at 11 am, Monday, January 29th with lunch to follow. Interment will occur at the Thingvalla Cemetery after lunch.
Memorials can be made to the Mountain Community Center or charity of your choice.

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Our deepest sympathy to all of you. May God wrap his arms around you and give you peace. Joe & Nancy Defoe

Joe & Nancy Defoe Jan 29 2018 12:00 AM

A friend and neighbor. Rest in peace

jeff vatnsdal Jan 29 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Barb Kearns Jan 29 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Sunna and family, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. My sympathy and prayers go out for all of you. Love to all.

Sheila Sturlaugson Jan 28 2018 12:00 AM

Brenda and family, So sorry for your loss! Its tough when we loose one of our parents. May all the memories as a family help ease your pain. God Bless!

Jamie Dodd Jan 28 2018 12:00 AM

Sunna and all your family, My sincere condolences and sympathy on your sad loss. It is never easy to lose someone so dear to so many. May all your happy memories live on in your hearts. Jill and family

Jill Paskewitz Jan 27 2018 12:00 AM

My condolences to Bob's family.

Rick Thomasson Jan 27 2018 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dale and Marcia Jonasson Jan 26 2018 12:00 AM

Our sympathy to all family members

Vera Brandvold Jan 26 2018 12:00 AM