LaVoy R. Olson, age 90 of Hoople, ND passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at the Park River Good Samaritan Center.
Orlann Ray LaVoy Olson was born to Oliver and Ruby (Almen) Olson on July 11, 1932, at the Deaconess Hospital in Grafton, ND. LaVoy was the eldest child and was raised with his sister and two brothers in Hoople. LaVoy graduated from Hoople High School in 1950. On November 1, 1953, he married Joyce (Fedje) Olson at First Lutheran Church of Hoople.
LaVoy held various jobs after graduation including a school bus driver. He purchased and operated Hoople Standard with Raymond Johnson, during which time he was the local Standard Oil Company agent. He went on to open Olson Fuel and Fertilizer Company in 1962. In the 1970s he started farming with his brother, Jerry. He and his sons formed GLD farms in 1980. LaVoy had a love of being in the field; a passion he continued while driving tractor well into his 80s.
LaVoy’s greatest joy was his family and friends. He loved spending time at the lake and winters in Arizona. The best part about being LaVoy’s family is that everyone who knew him has a story to share about his kindness. And as LaVoy would say, that’s pretty special. We celebrate a life well lived in the same church LaVoy was confirmed and married.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce; his children: Doug (Alyson) Olson, Hoople, ND; Mark (Jill) Olson, Grafton, ND; daughter-in-law, Cindy Olson; 7 grandchildren: Laura (Brett) Brudvik, Jeff (Nicole) Olson, Jayme (Brady) Trenbeath, Bryan (Hali) Olson, Livia, Reese, and Elias Olson; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings: Jerry (Nadine) Olson and Joel (Peggy) Olson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Gene Olson; sister, Echo (Ben) Bjertness; grandson, Kurt Olson; and an infant brother.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to the Hoople swimming pool or a charity of your choice.
Funeral Services will be Monday, October 24, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the First Lutheran Church of Hoople, ND. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Hoople City Cemetery.
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