Dr. Robert J. Olson
September 21, 1931 - November 6, 2018

Residence : Williston, North Dakota

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Phyllis & Jim Stokke
November 11, 2018 | williston, North Dakota

A true gentleman and professional Dr. I had the privilege of working with him for several years at the hospitals. He was always so kind and gentle to everyone. In later years he wanted to help deliver meals on wheels. He enjoyed it even though I know some days weren't easy. He was so easy to visit with and we enjoyed many events with him and Eleanor. Bless his memory and your family during this difficult time. 73606
Mike and Carol Bartels
November 10, 2018 | Phoenix, Arizona

Dr. Bob was an amazing man! My dad, Don Horab, had great respect for him and through my dad's stories, I knew of his kindness, love, and generosity. My dad loved his friendship. A special prayer sent out to the family for their hearts to heal quickly and be overtaken by beautiful memories.
Mike and Liza McLean
November 10, 2018 | Grand Forks, ND

Bob was such a warm and welcoming person. I treasure the memories of his insights and 'happy bucks' stories at Williston Rotary. It was an honor to know him, and I know he will be remembered fondly by many! Thank you, Bob, for your kindness and mentorship.
Debra Bensen
November 10, 2018 | Bismarck, ND

Eleanor and family,
My deepest sympathy for you and family. I remember Dr Olson well when at the hospital, a very kind compassionate man
Debra Bensen
Marc Walburg Family
November 9, 2018 | Edina, MN

Our thoughts are with all of you. Wanted to share that Max and I smiled the other day as we remembered a visit to your place when he was little, and he got to sit on the big red tractor. Good memories. Good smiles.
Darin & Amy Krueger
November 9, 2018 | Williston, ND

Our condolences to the Olson Family.
Dr. Bob will be missed by many including us.

Thank you Dr Bob for being our friend and welcoming us to Williston in 2006.

Thank you Dr. Bob for being a part of the One Cent Sales Tax Committee to bring the Williston Area Recreation Center to our community and change WPRD forever.

Thank you Dr. Bob for your note of support and the personalized screwdriver for me (Darin) during my time of need!

Thanks Dr Bob for making Williston Great!
We will miss you at the ARC and at the ballgames.

Darin & Amy
Jan Hegel
November 9, 2018 | Phoenix , Arizona

My deepest sympathy to the Olson family.
It was such a joy to work with Dr. Olson at Mercy Hospital. He was so kind and professional.
He spoke highly of his family and was such a gentle soul.
Larry D. Larsen
November 9, 2018 | Mandan, North Dakota

May God guide this wonderful man’s soul on it odyssey through eternity. He will be surely missed in Williston.
Teresa Horob
November 9, 2018 | Williston, North Dakota

Jesse and Family Members; My thoughts and prayers goes out to each and everyone of one. He was a pleasant man to visit with always and I so enjoyed seeing him at the Teton games. He will be greatly miss in the community.
Don and Sharon Zubke
November 9, 2018 | Dickinson, ND

Eleanor, So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. May your faith keep you strong through this transition in life.
Linda Stordahl
November 9, 2018 | Williston, North Dakota

Kathy, My heartfelt sympathy to you, your mother, and all of your family.
David and Mary Njos
November 8, 2018 | Williston, ND

Kathy and family,
Our sympathy to you and all your family. We were saddened to hear of Bob's passing. Friends, family and the community will miss him. He showed kindness and interest whenever we visited with him. He was a good person.
Ron Lund
November 8, 2018 | Williston, ND

I lost my Lutefisk buddie. I have enjoyed knowing and working with Bob these many years. Bob was such a knowledgeable person and loved living. May God keep the memory of Bob in our hearts. I hope they love Lutefisk in heaven if not they soon will. My thoughts and prayers are with and your family Eleanor. What fond memories we all have.
Sherry and wayne
November 8, 2018 | Epping, Nd

Eleanor and family hugs and our deepest sympathy
Heaven gained another awesome gentleman. Treasure the memories as we will treasure his bird houses
Tara L. Ulrich
November 8, 2018 | Williston, ND

Eleanor and Family, my heart is just broken at Bob's passing. He has been such a blessing and gift to me in the last 14 months. His faith was evident in everything that he said and did. He was so generous. I have lost track of the number of times he invited me to come with you (Eleanor) and him to an event. I will miss him dearly!
Jim Borseth
November 8, 2018 | Williston

Eleanor and Family, I am sorry to hear about the passing of Dr Bob. He was a fine man and I was pleased to consider him a friend. I will miss seeing him at Teton games , community concerts and other happenings around town. God bless Dr Bob's memory and comfort you in this time.
Jim Borseth
Kathleen & Drew Imes
November 8, 2018 |

We loved Dr. Bob! We admired his knowledge of birds and God’s creatures and his love of the outdoors. Our sincere condolences to his family.
Gail Coughlin
November 8, 2018 | Williston, ND

Eleanor, Kathy and Olson Family,
My condolences on the loss of dear Dr Bob. A man of presence and grace a true gentleman. He made a difference. Sorrow is not forever, love is.
Tracy and Lori Lutz
November 8, 2018 | Williston , North Dakota

We are sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. My Mom and dad loved being friends with you through the years! Thinking of Mike and Pam.
Deb & Clark Jenner
November 8, 2018 | Williston, ND

Olson Family,
So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was such a pleasant man and great neighbor. Will miss seeing him wondering around the property. RIP.
Deb & Clark
Sarah Haugen
November 8, 2018 | Williston , ND

Eleanor, Kathy and family:
Dr. Bob was so good to me and the entire Radiology Department staff during the years I was blessed to work with him at Mercy. One story I want to share is that while I was the transcriptionist back in the day, we had been having a particularly stressful and very busy day. A certain doctor ( I won’t name names) called for a report that was not available yet and proceeded to be very rude to me on the phone. I put him on hold and went into the ladies room and sobbed for several minutes. When I thought I had myself back together I went back to my desk and back to work. Dr. Bob walked through my office and, even though my back was to him, he stopped and asked what was wrong. I began sobbing again, he gave me a big hug, I told him the story and he proceeded to call that doctor and tell him he was never to treat me that way again! I will be ever grateful for the protection and care we all felt from him for our Radiology “family”. I am so sad that I will not be here for the funeral but will be holding you all dearly in my thoughts and prayers. He was such a beautiful soul and may he rest in the peace of Christ. With love, Sarah (and Bruce) Haugen
Rachael Studsrud
November 8, 2018 | Williston, North Dakota

Kathy, I'm sad to see this news. I'll be keeping you in my prayers.
Claus & Carol Paradies
November 8, 2018 | Bismarck , ND

So sorry for your loss. We will always be thankful to Dr.Olson for helping to save Claus's eye. Our thoughts and Sympathy are with you all
Nancy Hoffelt
November 7, 2018 | Williston , North Dakota

To the Olson family
Dr. Bob was was one of the finest people I have ever known. He was such an inspiration. He loved his family, lived his deep faith, embraced our community and our youth,. Professionally, his return to Williston was so significant. His life truly defines what well lived means... a lesson for all of us. My deepest sympathy as you mourn the loss but celebrate the life of one so dear.
Brad Krenz Family
November 7, 2018 | Williston, ND

We lost a great pillar to the community. I so enjoyed bumping into him and visiting. He will be missed. A life well lived for sure!
Dave and Janice Arnson
November 7, 2018 | Williston , ND

To Eleanor, Kathy and family, We are extremely saddened to learn of Dr. Bob’s passing. We have lost one of the most honorable men and dedicated volunteers this community has seen. He gave me some photos he had taken at a fire scene out by his residence that I will always treasure, and of course we have one of his birdhouse’s he made that we purchased at a benefit. Our thoughts and prayers to a great family on this huge loss.
Jeanne Knudsvig
November 7, 2018 |

Kathy & Family,
So sorry about your Dad , may you keep his memories close to your hearts to help you through the days ahead..
Sincere Sympathy,
Jerry Christensen
November 7, 2018 | Williston , North Dakota

Williston has lost an outstanding member of our community with Dr.Olson passing.He was always available to help out where needed. I served on the church council with him and can attest to his Christian faithfulness..He will certainly be missed. Rest In Peace good and faithful servant.
Ron and Elizabeth Lund
November 7, 2018 | Williston, ND

Ron and I are so saddened to hear of Bob’s death. He will be missed by so many. It will be hard to get used to not seeing him nearly everywhere. Eleanor, we are keeping you and your family in our prayers.
Marilyn McGinley
November 7, 2018 | Williston, ND

Farewell to a great Williston supporter and true gentleman. He will be missed at every function in Williston. Please know that others are thinking of you. Marilyn McGinley

Dr. Robert J.  Olson

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His Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 10, at First Lutheran Church in Williston. Rev. Brian Knutson will officiate.

A Family Service will be held at 5:00 PM Friday evening at the Everson Coughlin Funeral Home.


Friends may call at Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home on Friday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM and for the hour preceding the service at the church on Saturday.

The family requests any memorials to be given to Bethel Lutheran Nursing Home Building Fund, Williston, or the charity of ones choice.


Interment in Hillside Memory Garden Cemetery will follow the funeral service.