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Born: December 15, 1987

Death: February 5, 2013

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Kramer Family Funeral Home - Sherburn Chapel
Trimont, MN

Joshua Neal Olson

December 15, 1987  -  February 5, 2013
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Life Legacy

A Celebration of Life for Joshua N. Olson, 25, of rural Sherburn, Minnesota will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Trimont, Minnesota.

Josh was called to his eternal rest on Tuesday evening, February 5, 2013 at his home in rural Sherburn, Minnesota. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2013 at the Kramer Family Funeral Home in Trimont.

Joshua Neal Olson was born December 15, 1987 in Fairmont, MN to Kent and Kathy (Kuntz) Olson. Weighing in at 9 lbs 3 oz and 22 inches long, Josh grew to 6 foot 4 inches and wore an impossible to find and impossible not to trip over, size 15 shoe. Though his size was imposing, he was as gentle of a soul as they came. His distinctive laugh was contagious and his sense of humor and quick comebacks always kept those around him laughing. Even as a young child Josh’s easy going ways and fun loving personality was coupled with a healthy dose of determination, independence and love of adventure. He was afraid of nothing. At a young age he developed a love for anything with a throttle, and when there was a throttle involved, Josh had it going at full speed. Since winter didn’t last all year, Josh quenched his thirst for speed with jet skis and dirt bikes, but it was snowmobiling that he lived for. Josh’s challenge of “who’s following?” will forever keep his father, brother, friends, and cousins attempting things on snowmobiles that perhaps would be better left untried. Josh attended Martin County West Schools, graduating in 2006. In his younger years he played hockey and soccer, was a member of the boy scouts, attended most of his sister Amanda’s Girl Scout meetings, developed his love of fishing, and learned how to golf from his grandma Katy. During high school he played football and golf, was a member of FFA, showed grand champion rabbits in 4-H, and continued to fill his spare time with motor sports, hunting, golfing and fishing, often catching more than fish out of the lake (long lost keys, Isaac’s glasses, Chris’s wallet). After high school, Josh attended Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Jackson, MN for Power Sports Technology, graduating in 2007. Josh then continued his education at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, MN for Mechanical Engineering, receiving the “Best In Class” award upon graduation in 2009. While living in Minneapolis and attending school, Josh worked for Tri-K Sports of Maple Plain, utilizing one of his many talents, fixing things that others had broken. After graduation Josh moved home, landing a job as a plant construction manager for Ormat Recovered Energy outside of Trimont. Though he was proud to use his computer skills and engineering knowledge at his present job, Josh’s true love has always been farming . Josh’s farming career began when he was a toddler making “straight rows like daddy” in the sandbox and riding along in the combine at every given opportunity. His junior and senior years of high school Josh began working for the Breneman Dairy Farm, there he learned a new respect for dairy farmers and reinforced his ambition to become a grain farmer. After attending college and moving back home, Josh continued to help out his dad on the farm and also lent a hand to the Gaalswyk brother’s farming operation. In the winter of 2009 Josh began working for the Rabbe Grain Co-op in Sherburn, MN. While working in Sherburn Josh seemed to make a lot of runs to the local Subway store, but it wasn’t the sandwiches that he was after. Josh had met Subway employee Harley Williams and soon discovered that farming was perhaps not his “true love.” Harley quickly became the true love of Josh’s life and remained so until the end. In 2010 Josh began working for Matejka farms, where he combined his passion for farming and his keen ability to fix things that others had broken. Farming was in Josh’s blood and even in his battle with cancer his determination kept him farming until he no longer could. Josh’s last days were filled with the things he loved most. Putting a few hours of ride time on his new sled, going ice fishing, spending time with his mom and dad, giving his brother and sister a bad time as only a brother can do, holding Harley’s hand, playing fetch with his beloved dog Junior, and making family and friends laugh. True to his nature, Josh kept his determination, independence, fearless and “no worries” attitude every minute of his life. He showed us all that giving up is not ever an option and life is made to go full throttle.
Josh’s life will be celebrated and forever treasured by all who knew him, including his parent’s Kent and Kathy Olson, his sister Amanda and brother Matthew, his girl friend Harley Williams, his grandparents Chuck & Marlene Kuntz and Robert Olson, his aunts and uncles Cindy & Dean Sinn, Shirley & Dick Pooley, Robin & Tom White, Amy & Eric Bloomquist, Sheryl Gaare , Pam & Todd Heffner, Diane Kuntz, and his many cousins & friends.
Josh was preceded in death by his grandmother Katy Olson.