Delmore Elwood Olson was born September 28th,1925, on the family farm near Upland Nebraska, to Carl and Anna (Johnson) Olson. He lived in Upland until the age of twelve when the family moved to Brule, Nebraska. Del received his early education in Upland and then at rural school Cottonwood Corner near Brule where he graduated from the eighth grade.
He met Frances Deen at a dance and they fell in love. They were united in marriage on January 24th,1954 in Grant Nebraska. They were blessed with two children, Janice and Duane, whom they adopted from the Omaha Children’s Home. Raising the children was the most important thing in their life. Del and Frances were also foster parent to many children throughout the years.
Del was drafted into the Army and served in Korea as an engineer. After being discharged in 1956 he returned to Keith County. He and Francis farmed together south of Brule. They began their construction, named D&F Home Builders, and built many houses in the Ogallala and Brule area.
Del was a hard worker and enjoyed helping everyone when asked. His hobbies included woodworking and making household items, such as “Lazy Susan’s”. He sold some of his designs but especially liked giving them as gifts for graduation, birthdays and weddings. He loved his garden and flowers, sharing the best tomatoes with all the neighbors and friends.
One of Del’s favorite pastimes was fishing. He enjoyed spending almost every day in the boat as long as the wind wasn’t bad, taking a friend along to make a day of it. In winter he would go ice fishing. Del had many loving friends but said his best friend was his dog “Skip”.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Preceding him in death was his wife Frances, his parents and his children Janice and Duane, two sisters Elda and Louise, and six brothers: Evert, Ervin, Cecil, Archie, Daniel, and Carleton.
Delmore’s family includes his daughter-in-law Gail Olson of Syracuse Kansas, Janet and Scott Leadabrand and their families, and Sister-in-law Charlotte Toro of Ogallala, Loretta Armbruster of Grant, “Skip” his dog, and many nieces and nephews, and hosts of friends.
Visitation will be held at Draucker Funeral Home Tuesday September 7th from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
Private family services will be held at the Ogallala Cemetery at a later date. Services will be recorded and posted to the website following the services.
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Memorials have been established to The Nebraska Children's Home and to the First United Methodist Church of Ogallala.
Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala has been entrusted with arrangements.
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