Sherman L. Olson

BLUE EARTH – Sherman L. Olson, age 93, of Winnebago died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at United Hospital in Blue Earth. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, March 24, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth, with Rev. Dr. Mark Wilms, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth. Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, at Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 400 E. 14th St., in Blue Earth and one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Web tributes may be left at

Sherman was born May 6, 1920, in Story City, Iowa, the son of Peter and Anna (Christensen) Olson. His family moved to Huntley when he was 3 years old where Sherman grew up and later graduated from Huntley High School. Following his education, he helped farm his family farm near Huntley before his marriage to Marilyn A. Peterson on June 14, 1950, in Delavan, Minn. The couple was involved in all aspects of farming for many years near Huntley, where Sherman was a member of the Huntley School Board and was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth, serving on the church council. Since the mid-1970s they toured the country camping with their dog, Princess, as they were members of the Good Sam Camping Club. Sherman was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening and golfing and made sure to get to all of his children’s school programs and sporting events. He enjoyed caring for his horses, dogs and other farm animals through the years. He retired from farming and enjoyed wintering in Winter Haven, Fla., and spending summers in Clearwater, Minn. since the mid-1980s. Until moving permanently to Winnebago, at age 90, Sherman helped on the farm during spring planting and harvest time.

Sherman is survived by his wife, Marilyn Olson of Winnebago; daughter, Sandra Anderson of Gilbert, Minn.; son, Bradley (Lisa) Olson of Delavan; daughter, Cindy (Eric) Schutt of Oxford, Mich.; son, Rod (Shalaine) Olson of Winnebago; his sisters, Beverly (Wayne) Schultz of Lakefield, Dorothy Benjamin of Redondo Beach, Calif., Martha Winslow of Sanford, Fla., and Ruth Adams of LeSueur; his stepbrother, Kenneth Olson of Texas; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Pearl Olson; sisters, Pauline Johnson and Mildred Pirsig; brothers, Amos and John Olson; stepbrother, Alfred Olson; and stepsisters, Lucille Sweet and Marjorie Teig.