Neal Olson, age 92, of Glasgow passed away at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana.
He was born south of Flaxville, Montana, June 24, 1927, to Nels and Alma (Boom) Olson. He grew up on the family farm south of Flaxville. He joined the Navy in February of 1945 at age 18, where his rank was a Seaman First Class and was honorable discharged in July of 1946. Upon discharge, he returned to the family farm for one year.
He meet Ruby Shanks and the couple married February 1947. There were five children born to this union: Debbie, Ed, Randy, Karen and Roger.
In 1948, he went to work on the Fort Peck Dam in the maintenance department. In 1949, he moved to Brockton, Montana and tended bar for two and half years. In 1951, he was hired on with the Great Northern Railroad where he was promoted to conductor in October 1964. After forty-two years he retired from the railroad in May of 1993.
On July 22, 1993 he married Jan Starkey.
He is proceeded in death by his parents, three brothers and sister.
He is survived by his wife, Jan Olson; children: Debbie (Russell) Smith, Ed Olson, Randy (Nancy) Olson, Karen (Ted) Newton, and Roger Olson; step-children Gary Meller and Chris (Mike) Crater; 28 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
As per Neal’s request cremation has taken place and no services will be held. Burial will be at a later date in Pleasant Prairie Cemetery and First Lutheran Church.