Theodore Olson

MARQUETTE, MI. – Theodore H. Olson, 87, a native of Marquette, MI and long-time resident of West St. Paul, MN, died of heart failure on 9/12/2013. Born 9/19/1925, the eighth of eleven children of Ida (Anttila) and Frank Olson, Ted’s passions were his family and sports, especially hockey. He was a generous and caring man who lived a life of giving to others.

Ted graduated from John D. Pierce HS and served in the Navy medical corps during WWII. He married Ruth H. Bergh on September 22, 1949. In 1950, he graduated from Michigan Tech University with a degree in mechanical engineering. Ted excelled in sports, earning four varsity letters in hockey and two in track and field. He held several scoring records while at Tech and still holds the record for most points in a period with six. Ted was inducted into the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 2003, joining his brothers Mark and Allan.

After graduating from college, Ted worked as an engineer in Escanaba and Bay City, MI. He also played hockey for the Escanaba Hawks in the Northern Michigan League.

In 1957, he joined American Hoist & Derrick in St. Paul, retiring in 1986 as VP of Engineering. Ted was devoted to his family, to his friends and to Augustana Lutheran Church where he was an active member for 57 years.

He continued his love of hockey by refereeing high school and college games, and he was also the best fan for his children and grandchildren, attending countless sports events, concerts and recitals.

Ted was preceded in death by 6 brothers (Wesley, Allan, Paul, Gordy, Eddie, and Roy) and 2 sisters (Ruth and Virginia).

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ruth; 2 brothers, Mark and Weldon; 2 sons, Paul (Kelly) and Peter (Mary); 3 daughters, Kris Johnson (Rob), Kathy Andrews (Jim) and Jan Estep (Dave); 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.

Services will be held at noon on Saturday, Sept 21 at Augustana Lutheran Church, 1400 S Robert St, W St. Paul. Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Augustana Lutheran Church, St. Olaf College or the Minneapolis Heart Institute.