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Marlin Olson, age 55 of Lakefield, Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lakefield, and will continue one hour prior to service on Wednesday. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, with Pastor Andrew Schensted officiating.
Marlin Lee Olson, son of Lee Olson and Marjean Wittkopp, was born on Tuesday, September 12, 1967 in Forman, North Dakota. He attended school in Portland, Oregon and Lakefield High School. At the age of 17, Marlin enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. Upon his discharge from the Marines, Marlin returned to Portland, Oregon and worked in various healthcare facilities. While living in Portland, Marlin was blessed with 1 daughter, Hope. Shortly after, they moved to Lakefield to be closer to family. He worked at Welp Construction and then in the die cast department at Toro in Windom for numerous years. He was confirmed and a current member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lakefield. On July 11, 1998, Marlin was united in marriage to Lynette Schultz at St. Joseph Catholic Church. They built their life together in Lakefield. Due to recent health issues, Marlin was admitted into the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he passed away with his family by his side, on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at the age of 55 years, 5 months, and 26 days.
Marlin enjoyed spending time outdoors, camping, fishing, hunting, and crabbing and ocean fishing in Portland. He loved traveling all over but especially out west and to Wisconsin to visit family and friends. He loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles and looked forward to his many trips to Sturgis. Marlin was always busy with many hobbies and projects, some included making his own wine and mead, rock tumbling, stain glass, and collecting albums. Marlin was a man of many words; he could make anyone laugh with his uncanny knowledge of everything. Whether it was geography, history, movies, TV shoes, anything trivia was not even a fair fight. He knew it all. We all loved listening to his stories and playing games, there was never a dull moment when Marty was around. He was always willing to help others out if they needed. Marlin had a great love for the Vikings and would make sure that every one of his friends and family knew he was a huge fan. Above all things, Marlin loved spending time with his family, embracing each and every moment they spent together. Marlin loved all of his pets that he and his wife had over the years, including their 9-year-old yorkie Gigi, 5-month-old pomchi Luna, and recently deceased 16+ year old terrier Diva. Marlin will be greatly missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.
Marlin is survived by his wife of 24 years Lynette; daughter Hope (Thaniel) Peterson of Lakefield; sisters Stasia (Vaughn) McCormick of Lakefield, Holli Olson of Cottonwood, and Desiree (Dustin) Grunewald of Cottonwood; grandchildren Jaxon Olson, and Asher and Fynlee Peterson; step-dad Joe Peterson of Grandville, North Dakota, his father and mother-in-law Daniel & Rosemary Schultz, sister-in-law Danette Tolan, brother-in-law Troy (Heidi) Schultz all of Lakefield, 10 nieces and nephews; 1 great nephew, and many tuzins and cousins. Along with many other family members, extended family, and close friends.
Marlin is preceded in death by his parents Lee and Marjean, grandparents, brother-in-law Arnold Tolan, many aunts, uncles, tuzins, and cousins.
Blessed be the memory of Marlin Lee Olson.