Cyrus Ellsworth Olson
Cyrus Ellsworth Olson, 89, of Albert Lea, Minn., passed away Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 at Lake Mills Care Center. Due to COVID-19, a private family service will be held. Graveside military honors will be conducted by both the American Legion Post #56 and the VFW Post #447, both of Albert Lea. Memorials will be given to the Lake Mills Care Center Entertainment Fund.
Cyrus Ellsworth Olson was born Jan. 17, 1931 in Gibbon, Minn., to Clarence and Hulda (Swenson) Olson. He was baptized and confirmed at Clear Lake Lutheran Church, rural Gibbon, Minn. He grew up in the Gibbon community, graduating from Gibbon High School in 1948. He attended Mankato Business School and went to work for Phillips Petroleum.
On Aug. 16, 1952 he was married to Vivian Helgeland. Cyrus served in the medical corps in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954 at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., where Vivian served as a civilian RN.
After their service in the Army, Cyrus and Vivian moved to Albert Lea, Minn., where he was employed at Wilson/Farmstead Foods for 32 years.
His lifelong goal was to return to farming, which he did in 1974. He and Vivian purchased farm land in Albert Lea, Minn.
He was active in the congregations he was a part of and faithfully taught Sunday school for decades, attended Bible studies, and sang in the choir. For many years he and Vivian were active in Truckstop Ministries and supported Youth for Christ. He enjoyed their card club and played the accordion all his life, having learned to play as a child traveling to New Ulm, Min., for lessons.
He loved farming, fishing, deer hunting, traveling south in the winter and camping with his family at Cass Lake. He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa and great-great-grandpa.
Cyrus is survived by his daughter, Judy (Eric) Aune, Norwood Young America, Minn.; son, Curtis (Val Hovland) Olson, Albert Lea, Minn.; grandchildren: Jaron (Liz) Aune, Waconia, Minn.; Jennifer (Joe) Miller, Lester Prairie, Minn.; and Kirsten (Nolan) Radford, Cologne, Minn; great-grandchildren: Kaden and Bjorn Aune; Kinsley, Greta, and Grace Miller; Alison (Nic) Duenow; and Keira and Owen Radford; great-great grandson, Maverick; sister-in-law, Joan Olson, Chatfield, Minn.; and numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian; his parents; infant brother, Clarence Olson; sister, LeNore Anderson; and brother, Gordon Olson.