Michael Paul Olson died Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. He was 68 years old.
He was born Aug. 2, 1952 to Ole and Irene (Sandeen) Olson in Minneapolis. When he was 2 years old his family moved to Milaca. He graduated from Milaca High School in 1970. He worked at the Northside gas station while in high school and then worked at Culligan Water in Milaca and Princeton for over 30 years. He then went to work at Cambridge Ecowater for 10 years. He was united in marriage to Donna Coleman (Glein) on Aug. 6, 1982.
He had many serious medical issues over the last several years. On May 19, 2006 he had a single lung transplant and in June of 2020 he learned he had a very aggressive form of bladder cancer that had spread.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ole and Irene Olson; sisters, Dorene (Pat) Markfort, Glennys (Clyde) Wilke, Sandra Rotz and Nancy Poorker; and brother-in-law, Michael Rotz.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Donna; children, Shari Coleman and Ed (Kate) Olson; grandchildren, Jennifer, Ethan, Dylan, Kaelyn and Maizy; sisters, Arlene (Kenny) Rosales and Judy Baas; brothers-in-law, Dave Poorker and Michael Rotz.
He had requested that no funeral be held, but he wanted everyone who knew him to think about the good times. His family is planning a remembrance potluck picnic at noon, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021 at Recreation Park in Milaca.