In memory of
Larry Olson Joplin — Laurence Delbert Olson (Larry) passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones on October 24, 2017 at Liberty County Hospital in Chester at the age of 80. Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 29, at 2:00 PM at Bethel Lutheran Church in Joplin. Larry was born to Albert and Julia Olson in Havre on June 20, 1937. He attended school in Joplin and graduated from JHS in 1955. Following his graduation from high school, he spent time at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, MSU in Bozeman, and Northern Montana College in Havre before returning to Joplin to join his father and brother Leonard on the family farm. Larry married Nancy Thorson in December of 1962 and together they made their home in Joplin until Nancy's death in 2013. They had 3 children together; Scott, Todd, and Heidi. In 1959 he joined the Montana Air National Guard and served until he was honorably discharged in 1965. He often recollected assisting as a Guardsman during the Great Montana Flood of 1964. Larry was active in the local community and served on several boards including the TV Board, the Hill County Water District Board, the Joplin School Board, the Bethel Lutheran Church Council, and the Central Hi-Line Lutheran Ministries Joint Church Council. He was a lifelong member of Bethel until his death. Larry had a love of music and enjoyed singing. He was a member of the Bethel Lutheran church choir and for many years performed a Christmas cantata with a group of choristers in churches along the Hi-Line. He enjoyed crossword puzzles and started almost every day with the Great Falls Tribune crossword. Other activities that he enjoyed included golf, bowling, dancing with Nancy, and socializing with friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his brother. He is survived by his three children: Scott Olson of Los Angeles, CA, Todd Olson (Kristi) of Chester, Heidi Richter (Bruce) of Joplin and 4 grandchildren: Brandon Richter, Cory Richter, Spencer Richter, and Lucas Olson. He is also survived by his sister Deanna Standiford (Ray) and numerous nephews and nieces. Condolences can be made to Larry's memorial page at www.asperfh.com .
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