Obituary for Preston M. Olson

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Preston M. Olson, 95, of La Crosse, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017 at the Gundersen Health System. He was born in Wells, MN to Peter and Mary (Graham) Olson. He later married Violet Michaelsen on June 10, 1949. The couple lived in Grand Meadow, MN, La Crosse and Rochester, before moving to Stewartville, MN in 1962. They later divorced. On December 17, 1999 Preston married Florence Moe.
Preston served in the United States Navy during WWII as an electrician and later was commissioned as an aviator.
He is survived by his wife, Florence, his children, Phillip (JoAnn) Olson, Margaret "Peggy" (Steve) Thompson, Michael Olson, Jennifer (Allen) Whipple, Janelle (Mike) Mitchell and Jeffrey (Melody) Olson; step-sons, Robert (Patty) McManimon-Moe and Thomas (Lauretta) Moe, 26 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary, his first wife Violet, his parents and one brother.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, July 28th at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1010 Sill Street. Pastor Erik Feig will officiate and burial with military honors will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Friday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of services. Information and online condolences may be given to the family at