Gary Allen Olson MBA ’65, formerly of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully, April 5, 2011 at Avow Hospice in Naples, Fla. Gary, 72, was diagnosed with prostate cancer five years ago and his cancer returned. Gary was born September 9, 1938 in Amery, Wis. Gary graduated from Motely High School, Motley, Minn. 1956. Gary attended Brainerd Jr. College in Brainerd, Minn. and graduated in 1958. Gary graduated from the University of Minnesota (Duluth) in 1960, earned his MBA from the Santa Clara University in 1964. Gary served in the Army National Guard. Gary lived his life to the max and as of January 17, 2011, he was still playing three rounds of golf a week. Gary was a founder of the National Wildlife and Western Art Show. Gary and his wife, Mary sponsored the Art shows at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis for 17 years. Gary was a member of Ducks Unlimited, Ruffed Grouse Society, National Turkey Federation. Gary’s love for dogs gave him much pleasure, he became a member of Central Minnesota Retrievers Association and the Hennepin County Retrievers Association. Gary gave many hours volunteering with Fine Line Retrievers and trained dogs for Field Trails. Gary was employed by five major corporations in Sales and Marketing Management positions and started his own company, Recognition Products, Inc. Gary retired in 1995, moved to Gull Lake, Minn. and was involved in building an Executive Office building and a log Twin Homes development on Gull Lake. Gary was a member of Rotary International, in Brainerd and received the Paul Harris Member Award for his efforts. Gary is survived by his loving wife Mary of 32 years; his son, Jeffrey Scott Olson (Donna) of Plymouth, Minn.; daughter, Julianne Vogel (Darin) of Medina, Minn.; stepson, Todd Allen Trout (Marguerite) of Owatonna, Minn. Grandchildren, Angela, Tommy and Jack Olson, Payton, Layne and Will Vogel, Cameron and Cassandra Trout. Gary was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Olson; mother, Sylvia Nelson; and a brother, James. Gary will be missed by friends and family. If there is golf in Heaven, he will find it along with his dogs Shay, Amber, Curry, Shadow, Maverick, Token, and Jack.

08 Nov 2018