AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Elwood “Eno” Olson, of Mora, passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. He was 86 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Paul Lutter officiating.
VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service on Monday.
Memorials are preferred to the Mora Vasaloppet.
Elwood Nirauz Olson, of Mora, formerly of Aitkin, passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. He was 86 years old.
Elwood and twin sister Eloise, were born to Nestor and Agnes Olson, Sept 26, 1931 in Lake Park MN. Eno graduated from Lake Park high school in 1949 and served in the army, spending a year in Germany.
On Dec 26, 1954, he married Donna Noyes in Fergus Falls, MN. He entered the University of Minnesota and graduated in 1958 with a degree in civil engineering. He and Donna lived in New Hope where their children, Brian and Brenda were born.
In 1967, Eno and Donna moved to Mora where he served on the city planning commission, was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and the Masonic Lodge.
During his 35 year career, he was employed by Barton Contracting Co., Arcon Construction and Shafer Contracting Co., and built major portions of the metro interstate and international airport runway systems. He was actively involved in the Concrete Paving Association of Minnesota and served as president in 1977, 1985, 1990 and 1994. In 1993, Eno received the prestigious Arnie Laingen award for his commitment and integrity in promoting quality and excellence in the concrete paving industry. He also served on the board of the Associated General Contractors of America.
For many years he was actively involved in the Mora Vasaloppet, and together with Glen Johnstone, spent countless happy hours grooming trails, skiing in many local and Worldloppet European ski races, and playing host to visiting Swedish and Russian skiers.
Being an adventurer, he was a pilot and owned a plane which he flew to Mexico with a caravan of 4 other planes. In a challenging 40 day sea voyage, he and Glen and another friend sailed a 46 foot boat from Malaga, Spain to Cape Canaveral, Florida. He was an avid hunter of deer, elk, geese, ducks, and grouse, and greatly enjoyed the annual trips to the deer camp with his brother-in-law Julian, nephews Stu, Lee and Steve, and other family and friends.
Eno is preceded in death by his parents, step mother Hannah, son Brian, and twin sister Eloise Omberg.
He is survived by his wife Donna, daughter Brenda (Al) Wetzel of Shoreview, MN, grandchildren Marshal Lortie of Stillwater, MN, and Margot Lortie of Shoreview, MN, sisters Cheryl Turcotte, of Brainerd MN, and Pamela (Dave) Johnston of Hutchinson, MN, and nieces and nephews Stuart (Kathy) Omberg, Lee (Karen) Omberg,Steve Omberg, Kelli Turcotte, Chad Turcotte, Lance (Karri) Turcotte, Matt (Carly) Johnston, Kelsey (Jared) Stange, Nick Omberg, Kris Swenson, Ben Omberg and Karlee (Jake) Werner.