Lynn Olson Obituary

Lynn Darnell Olson
Lynn Darnell Olson

January 29, 1952 - July 18, 2019
Born in Moorehead, Minnesota
Resided in Fargo, North Dakota


Lynn Darnell Olson was born on January 29, 1952 and passed away on July 18, 2019 after a lengthy illness.

Lynn was raised in North Dakota, a state of which he was fiercely proud. He loved to ride his Harley thru the countryside near Harwood and surrounding areas, enjoying the bright stars in the clear night sky. Or speeding down dirt roads where he would stop and admire sunflower fields. His love for nature extended to all animals but his joy was found in raising three German Shepherds from pups.

Lynn graduated from West Fargo High School in 1970. After graduation, while others were dodging the draft, Lynn voluntarily enlisted in the United States Air Force where he became an airplane mechanic. He served our country during the Vietnam conflict (war) until April 1974, stationed in Taiwan with three-week rotations to Tan Son Nhut air base in Viet Nam.

After his time in the Air Force, Lynn signed on with Lockheed International where he continued working on his beloved C130 Hercules in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Lynn worked at Dakota Aerotech in Fargo from 1980-1983 and in 1983 started working for Continental Airlines at O’Hare airport in Chicago. A work-related injury caused him to take early retirement in 2003. Lynn moved back to North Dakota in 2015 where he once again enjoyed driving the back roads, looking up at the stars, and hearing the sound of a C130 in the distance.

Lynn is survived by his daughter Stephanie Marcinek; sisters Dawn Olson, Sherry Olson Cummings, and Shanda (Curt) Schmidt; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and former spouse Patricia Medder.

He was preceded in death by his mother Lila Olson in 1962, and father Ernie in 2004.

Memorial service Saturday, September 14, 11am at Maple Sheyenne Lutheran Church, 8711 40th Ave N, Harwood, ND 58042.

Arrangements by Cremation Society of Illinois, 773-281-5058 or

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Memorial Service
Memorial Service
8711 40th Ave N, Harwood, ND
Harwood, ND US 58042
Saturday, September 14, 2019
11:00 AM