Dale C. Olson, 97, passed away January 3, 2021, in Mesa, AZ.
Dale was born in Mildred, MT, in 1923, to John and Ruby Mason Olson. He was proud to be a WW11 veteran, serving throughout the European Theatre in the 95th Infantry Division, Company “F”, 379th Infantry Regiment.
Notably he fought bravely in the second wave of the D-Day Invasion and Battle of the Bulge.
He was honorably discharged in 1945, married Luella Krausz in 1946, and settled in Baker, MT. His various occupations included barbering with his father, John Olson, being School District Clerk, and then accepting a banking position with the Baker National Bank.
In 1969 Dale and family moved to Red Lodge, MT, continuing his banking career. Dale was active in civic duties, including the Festival of Nations. He and Luella not only were active participants in Scandinavian Night, but he was also the driving force behind the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Festival of Nations flag display lining Main Street.
After his retirement from banking in 1988, Dale and Luella moved to Mesa, AZ. He enjoyed golfing with Luella and his friends, was his retirement village’s horseshoe champion for many years and also pitched a mean game of softball. He continued with those activities well into his eighties, and enjoyed sitting on the patio watching the golfers go by. He was always involved with local veterans groups, and received an Honor Flight visit to DC to view the WWII Memorials.
One of his enduring legacies was submitting his war years memoirs to the Library of Congress.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Luella, and children Brenda (Don) Smith; Ken (Janet Strickland); Pam (Bert) Obert, and Kirk (Brenda Drake); seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery are in charge of arrangements.
A memorial service will be held in Red Lodge later in the summer. Memorials can be sent to your local Veterans center.