Ross 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 car (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 Olson 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.