Arthur Cornelius Olson, 87, went to his heavenly home on October 15, 2013. He was at his home in Miles City, surrounded in love by his family.
Art was born April 12, 1926 at his grandmothers in Little Falls, MN. He grew up on the family ranch northwest of the Killdeer Mountains in North Dakota.
He spent over eight years serving our country. First, during the Second World War, in the Philippines and Japan, and then in the Korean War, where he received two Purple Hearts.
Upon discharge, he returned to the family ranch with his parents and brother.
He was active in his community, serving on the Council of the First Lutheran Church, Dunn County Rural Fire Department Board of Directors, as a radiologist monitor, on the Board of Directors of Tarentaise of North Dakota, and the American Tarentaise Association. He served as President of the American Tarentaise Association for three years and was named Tarentaise Man of the Year in 1979. He was later named to the Tarentaise Hall of Fame. He was on the screening committee at the Denver Stock Show.
He imported a bull from France, by way of Japan, and embryos from England. He artificially inseminated cows and heifers, did pregnancy checking, and cesareans for himself and his neighbors.
On June 11, 1966 he married Sophie Olson and they raised three sons and one daughter. Starting in the fall of 1980 they spent a year at Pray, MT while they traveled all over the United States looking for a new ranch. When they saw the size of the local deer, they knew they had found country that was good for cattle. They moved south of Miles City, on the Tongue River, which was half way back to where they started and ranched there for eleven years.
Then Art and Sophie built and operated a gift and antique shop south of Rapid City for a number of years. He built a 20 ton jackalope in front of the business. He used a wheelbarrow full of cement, one at a time. Mounted jackalope was one of his best sellers.
Most recently, Art owned and operated an antique store named Arts Antiques in Miles City with his wife Sophie, until the time of his death.
Art is survived by his wife Sophie Ann; son Brian and his significant other Melody DeMint of Miles City and his children Brooke (Jeremy Pyle) and Brittnee; son Wade (T.J.) of Miles City and their children Dannon and Traven; daughter Leann (Shelby) Sowers of Billings and their children Craig and Blake; son Lyle (Linda) of Denver, Colorado and their children Ashleigh and Gemma.
Art is also survived by one great grandchild Danika Pyle; sister in law Sheryle Olson; his nieces and nephews: Claudia, Wayne, Ward, Bernie, Denise, Marlease, Dean and Carmella. Art was preceded in death by his parents, brother Kenneth, sister Viola (Ira) Wing and nephew Kent.
The family will receive friends on Friday, October 18, 2013 from 4-6:00 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m at Grace Bible Church in Miles City. Interment with full military honors will follow in the Eastern Montana State Veterans Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at: www.stevensonandsons.com. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City are in charge of arrangements.