David Gene Olson, of Monongah, went home to his heavenly father Friday (Dec. 9, 2016) after a valiant 27-year battle with leukemia.
David was born in Valley City, North Dakota, on Dec. 17, 1944, to Henry and Violet Olson and grew up in a farming family outside the small town of Marion, North Dakota.
He was a 1962 graduate of Marion High School. Enlisting in the Army in 1963, he was assigned to the Army Security Agency in Arlington, Virginia, where he met his loving wife, Lois Ann McLaughlin. After he and his family moved to Monongah in 1968, he worked full time while attending Fairmont State College. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in history in 1971, then worked in banking before taking a position with Consolidated Coal Company, where he worked for 29 years, retiring in 2002.
David led a Christian life and was a longtime member of Monongah Baptist Church. He was also an active member in his community, always volunteering where help was needed. He was a man of few words, with a kind, generous heart, putting family, faith and others above himself and set an example of what a loving husband and father should be.
David is survived by his wife of 51 years, Lois Ann (McLaughlin) Olson; brother, Allen Olson and wife Fern of Minot, North Dakota; sister, Bonnie Wieck and husband Gary of Valley City, North Dakota; his three sons, Bryan David Olson of Louisville, Kentucky, Travis Lynn Olson and wife Rachel of Monongah and Heath Brandon Olson of Monongah; granddaughter, Heidi Micelli, husband Corey and son Mason, of Louisville, Kentucky; granddaughter, Kayla Olson of Louisville, Kentucky; granddaughter Malorie Olson of Ft. Myers, Florida; and granddaughter Zoe Anna Olson, of Monongah. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Janet Lieving; brother-in-law, Robert McLaughlin and wife Nancy; as well as many other family members in North Dakota.
David generously donated his body to the West Virginia School of Medicine. In lieu of flowers or memorial gifts, donations can be made in his honor to the West Virginia University Cancer Institute, Bibles International, Monongah Baptist Church or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Published on December 12, 2016