Paul J. Olson, age 75 of Appleton, Minnesota, formerly of the Milan, MN, area, passed away Thursday, November 7, 2019, in Appleton Area Health – Hospital.

Visitation for Paul J. Olson will be Monday, November 11, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Kviteseid Lutheran Church in Milan, MN. Visitation will continue on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the church.

Memorial services for Paul Jennings Olson will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at Kviteseid Lutheran Church in Milan, MN, with Pastor Kristine Isder officiating. Burial will be in Kviteseid Lutheran Cemetery near Milan, Mn. 

Paul Jennings Olson was born in Montevideo, MN, on January 18, 1944, to Elvin and Inga (Ree) Olson.  He was baptized and confirmed at Kviteseid Lutheran Church in Milan, MN.  Paul attended country school for several years and then attended Milan High School where he graduated, Class of 1962.  After high school, Paul joined the Minnesota National Guard where he earned the rank of First Lieutenant.  He also began farming with his Dad on their home farm near Milan.  On December 17, 1966, he was united in marriage to Cathy Schmidt at First United Methodist Church in Appleton.  This union was blessed with over 52 years together and two children: Christopher and Melissa.

Paul farmed until 1985 and then went to work for Larson Gravel.  Later he worked for Duininck Brothers Construction, where he retired after 20 years.  Upon retirement, he and Cathy moved to a home in Appleton, MN.  Paul was a life-long member of Kviteseid Lutheran Church where he served on the Board of Trustees.  He also served on the Milan Elevator Board of Directors for several years.  Paul was Co-Chairperson of the Milan Bi-Centennial celebration with Sally Thompson.  He always said “Sally was the brains and I was the brawn!”  Paul was a member of the Milan American Legion Post #359 and A.M.V.E.T.S. Post #151 in Appleton.  He enjoyed working in the yard, tending to the flowers and trees, and making sure the lawn was always mowed.

Paul is survived by his wife: Cathy Olson of Appleton, MN; children: Christopher (Becky) Olson of Fargo, ND, and Melissa (Robert) Enevoldsen of Montevideo, MN; two grandsons: Chase and Blake Olson; brother-in-law: Cary (Yvonne) Schmidt of Burnsville, MN; two nieces: Sara (Rolando) Carranza and Kate Schmidt; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Elvin and Inga Olson; his parents-in-law: Alvin and Evelyn Schmidt; and his foster-brother: Darwin Lovhaug.

Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home – Vaala Chapel in Appleton, MN.

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