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Wayne C. Olson

May 22, 2021

Jan. 20, 1946 – May 9, 2021

“On May 9, 2021, I lost

my best friend, loving

husband and support sys-

tem, Wayne Clifford Ol-

son at the age of 75.”

Wayne was born in Rugby

on January 20, 1946, the

son of Robert Conrad and

Marion Sylvia (Corneliu-

son) Olson. He was wel-

comed at home by his

brother, Robert, more re-

ferred to as “Bob”, who

now lives in Rapid City,

South Dakota. Wayne

graduated from Rugby

High School in 1964. He

later earned a Master’s De-

gree and started a long-

time career as a Medical


He caught the eye of a

young RMA Marlene Kay

Belanus and they married

on February 17, 1979 in

Walhalla, North Dakota

on a blizzardy day. With

this union he gained a

very large rumbustious

family of a mother-in-law

Darlene (Trennum) Be-

lanus; sisters and brothers

– Margaret (Paul) Zaharia

– Minot; Marilyn (Gary)

Beier – Pekin; Michael

(Nancy) Belanus –

Walhalla; Melissa (James)

Malo – Crookston, Min-

nesota; Melanie

“Precious” (Dale) Pecka –

Park River.

As he worked for Indian

Health Services – Public

Health Service, we saw

and traveled a lot and had

world-wide experiences.

His greatest pride and en-

joyment, besides his wife,

was his longevity with

IHS-PHS as a Medical

Technologist. After re-

tirement, they moved to

the family farm near Rug-

by. He also taught in the

MLT program at the Tur-

tle Mountain Community

College in Belcourt and

left many long lasting


After his white lab coat

was hung up his adven-

tures included the Olson

Pioneer Farm with minia-

ture horses, birds, his

peacock, Blu, and the al-

pacas. He thoroughly

enjoyed being outside and

with retirement to work

on his hobbies hunting,

fishing, gunsmithing,

camping, boating, and

driving his tractor.

Along the way, he

found enjoyment in a

becoming a Master Ma-

son, a member of the An-

cient & Accepted Scottish

Rite – 33rd Degree and

Shriners International.

He was also a life member

of the National Rifle Asso-


Now that he has left us

in body to the next world

he will be remembered as

a quiet, tall, thin man who

made friends easily and

talked to everyone and en-

joyed telling and hearing

a good joke.

He now is remembered

with that place in peace

with his parents,

father-in-law, Lawrence

Belanus, sister-in-law

Barb Olson, his

grandparents, and many

other relatives and


He left me behind to

carry on his dreams and

wishes. For I know that

he is near me and com-

forting me . I will love

you forever, Wayne.

He is survived by

several nieces, nephews,

cousins, special friends,

special nephew Shawn,

friends Renae (Sunshine),

Darren, Sharon, Kevin,

Courtney, just to name a

few. And we can’t forget

his favorite cat, BWK

(black white kitty) and

Macey Ann.

Goodbye, we will meet

again, I love you (OCS),

your loving wife, Marlene

(Kay Bear).

A memorial service was

held at the Niewoehner

Funeral Home on Friday,

May 21st at 1:00 P.M.

Friends could call after

10 AM on Friday. He

will be buried with his

parents at Persilla Watts

Cemetery in Rugby fol-

lowing the service.

Niewoehner Funeral

Home – Rugby



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