Roger M. Olson

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 3:26 pm

Roger M. Olson, 93, of Rushford, Minn., died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. A memorial service is at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Rushford, with the Rev. Roger Michaelson officiating. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Rushford, and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church. The family prefers memorials directed to the CDIFF Foundation. Leave a memory of Roger and sign his online guestbook at

Roger was born June 10, 1922, in Bode, to Andrew and Amanda (Sime) Olson. He was raised in Bode, where he graduated high school and was active in sports and music, especially playing the piano. Roger received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Iowa State University. He served in the U.S. Army Engineer Corp during WWII. Roger was united in marriage with Doris Humble June 10, 1948, at Rushford Lutheran Church. He worked as an architect for many years, working primarily in Decorah. In his spare time, Roger enjoyed, golf, playing piano and organ, travel, photography and his Norwegian Fjord horses. He was a member of Rushford Lutheran Church, past member and architect of the Decorah Lutheran Church, Decorah City Council and the American Institute of Architects.

Roger is survived by his wife, Doris; son, Erik (Ruth Ann) Olson of Sister Bay, Wis.; four grandchildren: Buck (Abby), Arianna (Josh), Amanda (Chris) and Chelsea (Tony); and by five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Anlee, and one brother, Stanton.

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