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James Olsen

James Olsen, age 81, of Hitchcock, died Sunday, February 24, 2008, at the Community Memorial Hospital at Redfield.  His funeral service was at 2:00 PM Thursday, February 28th at the Bonilla Presbyterian Church with the Rev. William Pfautz and the Rev. Brian Wasmoen officiating.  Burial was in the Altoona Cemetery at Hitchcock. 

James Erwin Olsen was born March 12, 1926, to Jens and Oda (Mallerup) Olsen at Hitchcock.  He grew up at Hitchcock and graduated from Hitchcock High School in 1944. On June 21, 1945, James entered the United States Army, and was honorably discharged on December 2, 1946.  After returning from the service, he farmed and enjoyed raising cattle and horses until the time of his death.  He often was heard to say, “The farm in the best place there is!”.

On November 22, 1947, James married Darlene Christenson at the Bonilla Presbyterian Church.

James was an active member of the Bonilla Presbyterian Church, American Legion Raymond Hart Post #84, Hitchcock, Zenith Masonic Lodge #202 AF & AM, Tulare, Oasis Chapter #148 Order of the Eastern Star, Tulare and the James Valley Shrine Club and Fire Crew.

A special joy for James was Darlene’s piano playing.  He also enjoyed singing, hunting, fishing, camping, playing cards and dominoes and attending his grandchildren’s activities.  James’ family was the highlight and utmost importance of his life, “Families Are Forever…”.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, “Jeannie Kay” in 1966.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Darlene, whom he considered his life long best friend and companion; one son and his wife, James and Kathleen Olsen Jr. of Hitchcock; one daughter and her husband, Julie and Steve Boomsma of Wolsey; six grandchildren, Collin and his wife, Jamie Olsen, Andrea and her husband, Eric Kannegieter, Kristin and her husband, John Trana, Erica Boomsma and her husband, Rodney Mittelstedt, Aaron Boomsma and A’Lece Boomsma; two great-grandchildren, Connor Olsen and Blake Kannegieter; two brothers and their wives, Nels and Dorothy Olsen of Huron and Art and Annette Olsen of Hitchcock; one sister-in-law, Gerry Graves of Minnetonka, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.