Lorimer "Glenn" Olson, age 97, formerly of Lake City, passed away peacefully on Feb. 8, 2019. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Kathleen Olson; second wife, Betty June Olson; and sister, Elaine Olson.
Glenn worked for JCPenney’s for over 40 years. Early in his career a young cashier named Kathleen Collins caught his eye. As it turned out, Kathleen had the same fondness for Glenn. Unfortunately, company policy’s forbid colleagues from dating, but love prevailed. Kathleen quit her job at JCPenny’s to be with Glenn. They married in 1948 and started their family. Glenn was heartbroken when Kathleen passed away in 1993. He found love again and married Betty June Kisilewski in 1994. Betty June died two days before Glenn.
Glenn enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and spending time with family. He had a passion for civil rights, including LGBTQ rights. Glenn was loved and respected by all who knew him.
Glenn is survived by his six children, Kimberly McKnite, Vicki (Bob) Warzenski, Daniel Olson, Brian Olson, Francine Kane, and Kelly Binger; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; siblings, Wendell Olson, Glenys Freeman, Robert (Marg) Olson, George (Pat) Olson; and many other family and friends.
Memorial Service will be at at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at Mt. Olivet Careview Home, 5517 Lyndale Ave. South, Minneapolis. Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service. Memorials preferred to St. Stevens Homeless Shelter, 2309 Nicollet Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55404.