ROSS OLSON

r-olson-web-photo.jpgRoss Olson, of Maple Grove, formerly of Mora, died on March 18, 2009 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Mpls. He was 31 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICES will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, March 23rd at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora. VISITATION will be from 2:00-4:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 22nd at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora, plus 1 hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora

Ross Alan Olson, of Maple Grove, Minnesota and formerly of Mora, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2009. He was 31 years old.

Ross was born on June 9, 1977. He lived in Mora and graduated from Mora High School in 1995. He attended college at Minnesota State Mankato and graduated with a BA in Electrical Engineering in 2000. After graduation he moved to Eden Prairie and worked for a consulting firm that eventually placed him with St. Jude Medical in Minnetonka where he worked as a Quality Software Engineer until his passing. He was being promoted to Senior Engineer later this year.

Ross received the gift of a heart transplant in 1994. After transplant, he overcame numerous medical challenges that come after transplant. He was a very goal oriented person and achieved those goals, some of which were: graduating high school with his class, attending college to obtain his degree, purchasing his dream care (BMW-M3), and purchasing his house in Maple Grove. Ross recently added an addition to his home to include a hot tub, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

Ross had many interests – researching history and current events, avid Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan, fantasy football, fishing, golf and bowling. He also enjoyed hosting parties for his friends and vacationing with his parents.

He had a gentle, kind manner and a terrific sense of humor. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

NOTE: Ross returned the gift of life to others by being an organ donor himself.

Ross is survived by his parents Gary and Diane Olson of Mora; grandmothers Hillivi Oson of Mora and Jacqueline Heinrichs of Grand Rapids, MN; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends.

Funeral services held on Monday, March 23rd at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora. Rev. Douglas Larson officiating. Music provided by Betty Smith and Randy Reynolds. Pallbearers are John Olson, John Olson Jr., Brent Palo, Brian Heckenliable, Scott Larson and Kim Pierson. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

13 guestbook entries for ROSS OLSON

  1. Colleen Smith March 18, 2009 at 12:13 pm #

    Dear Olson family,
    I’m so sad to hear of Ross’ passing. He was a really special guy and will be truly missed.

    I met Ross a few years ago and have had fun getting to know him better through Halloween parties, fantasy football season, weekends at the Carlson’s in Grand Rapids, etc. He was a great guy.

    My thoughts are with you. Please know that your son was special and made an positive impact on many people.

    Colleen Smith
    St. Louis Park MN

  2. Karie Lake March 18, 2009 at 2:49 pm #

    To the Family of Ross Olson – –

    Ross and I went to high school together. Ross was a quiet young man in school, but he was always willing to help out a classmate with homework or to just share a smile with. Seems to me I always saw Ross smile. I am extremely sorry to hear of Ross’ passing. It just doesn’t seem real right now. Much too young and much too kind to be taken from us. Jut remember that Ross is in a better place right now, on the other side of the sky. He is going to ride a rain drop, put his fingers thru the main of lion and walk with loves one who have passed on before him. In each of our due times, we will see Ross again and he will have that smile for us and his gentle kindness!

    You are in my thoughts and prayers!!
    Karie Johnson – Lake

  3. Melessa March 18, 2009 at 6:52 pm #

    My thoughts & prayers are with your family in this very sad time.

  4. gary & linda nelson March 19, 2009 at 7:09 pm #

    gary , linda and i are so sorry to here of your loss
    our hearts and prayers go out to you and your
    family, during these trying times .ross was a special
    person and a gift from god ,who he has returned to
    be with. may god bring you and yours peace and
    comfort in these days ahead.

  5. Lana Black March 19, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    Gary and Diane,

    We all have truely lost a great person. It seems like just yesterday we were riding 4-wheeler and eating cheese sandwhichs. Ross will be missed by all who knew him.

    Lana

  6. Steve Walstrom - St.Jude Medical March 20, 2009 at 6:48 am #

    Ross was a highly valued member of our Quality team at St. Jude Medical. He was so well known for his kindness, his wisdom and his taking care of business every day. He was that person you could always count on. Ross was instrumental in developing our divisional Software Quality Assurance system and he made such a positive impact on everyone he knew and everything he did. We will miss him greatly and remember him forever. You are sincerely in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Amy Roe March 20, 2009 at 6:50 am #

    Diane, I will be gone next week but you will be close to my heart. I wish I could ease your pain. You were always there for me. I pray for you to have strength these next few days and weeks to come. Take care of yourself dear friend and God Bless you and your husband. Love, Amy

  8. Kathy Woollett March 20, 2009 at 7:03 am #

    I am so sorry for your loss. Diane my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  9. Marlin Maul March 21, 2009 at 9:01 am #

    Dear Gary & Diane,

    I’m so sorry to here about the loss of your son. My thoughts and Prayers are with you.

    Marlin

  10. Dan Merchant March 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    Dear Gary and Diane,

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. Reading the obituary, I was pleased to hear Ross had spent the 15 years since his heart transplant experiencing a rewarding and fulfilling life.

    Sincerely,

    Dan Merchant

  11. Warren and Dianne Krekelberg March 23, 2009 at 11:39 am #

    Please allow us to express our deepest sympathy. You will be in our prayers.

  12. Dave Mohr March 24, 2009 at 11:56 am #

    To all close friends and family of Ross: I am truly sorry to hear of Ross’s passing. I knew a few of his close friends although I didn’t get a chance to hang with Ross much. Whenever I would see him at church or out, etc., I always made a point to say hi and talk with him because he was a friend. I will miss him as I always enjoyed his friendship and pure genuinness.

  13. Mary Schwantes March 27, 2009 at 11:49 am #

    Gary and Diane,
    My prayers and thoughts are with you during this time. To you and all Ross’ loved ones, my deepest sympathy.

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