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Joseph Nelson Olson (1932)


Posted By: Pat Hochstetler
Date: 11/6/2006 at 10:04:36

The Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, August 18, 1932


Joseph Nelson Olson, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mons Olson, was born in LaSalle County, Illinois, on April 21, 1880. He died the afternoon of August 11, 1932, aged 52 years.

He spent his boyhood and youth in Illinois and in company with his brother Harry came to Madison county, Iowa, in 1903. The remainder of his life he spent here. He first lived in the Worthington community. In 1910 he entered business in the Pitzer community. Later he and his sons farmed in the Oak Grove community. In 1932 failing health compelled retirement and he brought his family to Winterset.

He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Brown on February 27, 1907. God blessed their home with five children: Bessie, Lucile, Marion, Glen, and Warren all of whom are still at home. Two brothers survived, Harry of Earlham and Edwin of Granville, Illinois.

Mr. Olson was reared in a Godly home and very early in life professed his faith in Jesus Christ as his saviour. In every change in residence he immediately united with the church of the community. Loyal always to the Kingdom, he rendered the Pitzer United Presbyterian church a notable and gracious service as an elder. Everywhere he was an outstanding and acceptable teacher of the Bible with farseeing Christian philosophy and the highest Christain ethics. At the time of his death he was a member of the Winterset Methodist church.

For the past 24 years he sufferd painful and laming afflictions. He not only bore it patiently but cheerfully imparted of his living hope by constant smile and happy word to all who came to him. No one in Madison county ever ministered by gift of a song to so many as he. No man living was ever more ready for any Christian service. Such love and faithfulness at such cost of pain is wonderful.

Few men in the common walk of life are so dearly beloved as Joe Olson. And fewer still are missed in so wide a circle of friends. The tender and heartfelt sympathy of thousands of devoted friends goes out to the bereaved widow and children and brothers and other realtives.

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints."

"Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. Yea, saith the Spirit."

"For they do rest from their labors and their works do follow after them."

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Winterset Saturday, Autust 13th. The Rev. A. P. Keast of the Methodist church, conducted the service assisted by the Rev. W. C. Porter of the United Presbyterian church.

The church was well filled with friends and neighbors and the floral offerings were many and beautiful, showing the high esteem in which he is held in the community. Burial was made in the Winterset cemetery.


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