In Memory of

James LeRoy Olson

June 29, 1932 - June 27, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
James LeRoy Olson

James LeRoy Olson

Born: June 29, 1932
Died: June 27, 2019
Age: 86

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      James LeRoy Olson, the son of Donald and Winifred Olson was born June 29, 1932, in Jackson County, Minnesota.

      He graduated from the Royal High School in 1951. During his high school years, he worked for area farmers, drove school bus, did odd jobs and played basketball. Jim served in the Army from January 1953 to 1954 during the Korean War.

      Jim married Nelda Kruse on February 11, 1955. Following their marriage, they lived and farmed in rural Royal, Iowa.

      Jim was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Royal, Iowa, and then First English Lutheran Church in Spencer, Iowa.

      He was a lifetime farmer. He was interested in flying and received his certification. Upon retirement he enjoyed collecting sewing machines and quilting.

      Mr. Olson passed away at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, Iowa, on Thursday June 27, 2019, at the age of 86.

      He was preceded in death by one daughter, Darca Kristine; his parents; one brother and one sister.

     He is survived by his wife, Nelda of Spencer, Iowa; two brothers and their wives: Raymond (Carol) of Des Moines, Iowa, and Alvin (Sheryl) of Carlisle, Iowa; 16 nephews and nieces, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will take place 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 2, at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer.
Pastor Paul Kaldahl
Michael Olson
Mitchell Olson
Matthew Olson
Marcus Olson
John Olson
Don Olson
Ben Kruse
Ned Kruse
Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer.
"Nearer Thy God To Thee"
"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"
"Beautiful Savior"
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Friday, July 12, 2019 at 8:12 PM
“We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”
- Steve & Barb (Lawson) Meyer
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 12:25 PM
“Nelda, We are very sorry for your loss! Wishing you peace & wonderful memories!!!!”
- Bev Salton Dudziak
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 10:50 AM
“Nelda, I'm so very sorry, Jim was a fine and highly respected man.”
- Ivan Kruse
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 7:53 AM
“So very sorry to hear about Jim's passing. He was a good neighbor to Homer and Bryan Bailey for many years. May God give you peace and comfort for the days to come. ”
- Bryan and Gayle Bailey
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 7:53 AM
“To Nelda: I so enjoyed checking him out at Wal-Mart all these years. Peace to you and your family.”
- Per Clarke
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 7:53 AM
“Olson family, so sorry to hear of Jims passing. Very kind man. May God bless.”
- tracy & karla nielsen
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 7:53 AM
“Nelda....thinking of you and sending a hug....praying for added strength especially in the coming days...Sharon Roghair”
- Sharon Roghair
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 7:53 AM
“Nelda and family: Sending our Love and Sympathy.
- Chuck and Donna (Christensen) Tielbur
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 7:53 AM
“Dear Nelda,
We were sorry to read of Jim's passing. It was always a pleasure to visit with you while we were living in Spencer and members of FELC. You were blessed with many happy years of marriage and now are sustained and comforted with the memories from those years. During this time of sorrow, may you always be aware of the Lord's abiding love. You have our deepest sympathy. Tom and Mary Galik/Cedar Rapids, Ia”
- Tom Galik
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 7:52 AM
“We send our condolences to all the family and especially to our friends Al and Sheryl. May he rest in a heavenly embrace. ”
- Fran and Joe LeClair
Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 4:47 PM
“Nelda and all; I am so sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing. He was such a nice man, and I’m proud to call him my cousin. Such a handsome husband he was! ❤️ I am so very thankful for the wonderful visit we all had not long ago. When we get home you and I will visit again. Know that I am hugging you from long distance. ❤️”
- Nira and Bob
Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 3:49 PM
“Nelda and family, I am so sorry to learn of Jim's passing. He was such a nice man. May you find peace and comfort as you hold your memories of Jim close to your heart. God Bless and keep you during this trying time. Pam”
- Pamela Asmussen
Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 1:02 PM
“I am thinking of you, Nelda, and all Jim's loved ones. May peace fill your heart and good memories bring you comfort. With deep sympathy and many prayers.”
- Marcia Steffen
Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 12:18 PM
“Sending my deepest sympathies and love to Nelda always in my ❤️ ”
- Sue Higgins
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