Roger M. Olien
Roger M. Olien, 84, rural Scarville, passed away peacefully Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at Mayo Hospital, Austin, Minn. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., today (Wednesday), Nov. 17, at Bethel Lutheran Church, Vinje, with Michael Holstad officiating.Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services on Wednesday at the church. Burial will be held in Bethel Lutheran Cemetery with Veteran Honors performed by the Otto Chose American Legion Post #235. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Bethel Lutheran Church Cemetery fund. Schott Funeral Homes-Mittelstadt Chapel in charge of local arrangements
Roger Meredith Olien was born July 10, 1937, the son of Arnold and Hilma (Hovland) Olien. He was baptized and a life-long member of Bethel Lutheran Church, Vinje. He served as a member of the Bethel Cemetery Board. Roger attended and graduated from Kiester High School. While in high school, he lived with his grandparents helping his grandfather with the farm work and took care of him during epileptic seizures.
After high school, Roger enlisted in the Armed Services as a PFC 1st class in the Army. Most of his time was spent in the German Army teaching them how to fire the missile that would carry the atomic bomb if ever needed. Following his duty in the Armed Services, he returned to help Grandpa Hovland on the farm until Grandpa Hovland’s retirement. He returned home to work the family farm with his father.
Roger spent several years enjoying his work at Kiester Implement, Kiester, Minn.
Roger lived 82 of his 84 years on the family farm. He continued farming until he recently entered Good Samaritan Assisted Living. He fell one evening, breaking five ribs and spending 29 days at St. Mary’s Hospital recuperating. He then entered Skilled Care Facility only to fall again, suffering multiple fractures of the pelvic region, along with two fractured vertebrae. Roger enjoyed the times he spent with his family and friends and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Left to remember Roger are his siblings: Ronald (Karen) Olien; Marjorie (William) Watts; and David (Penny) Olien; nieces and nephews: Kristi Olien, Lori Giese (Allan), Jason Watts (Heather), Diane Burdick (Bruce), Judy Eidness (David), Jessie Olien, Dawn Olson (Jim), Elisa Olien, Jenna Harris (Ted), and Debra Tweed (Arlan); sister-in-law, Ellen Olien Dexter; and brother-in-law, Gordon Cavett; along with many great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Roger is preceded in death by his parents; Arnold and Hilma (Hovland) Olien, siblings; Janet Cavett and Raymond Olien; and nephews: Jim Cavett, Daniel Olien, and Ian Watts.