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January 15th, 1922 – Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Service Information
Zion Lutheran Church of Buffal
Monday, October 1st, 2007

Visitation Information

John ˜Ray™ Olson, 85, of Buffalo passed away last Wednesday evening at the Parkview Nursing Home.

On January 15th, 1922, John and Selma Olson gave birth to a boy in Milan, Minnesota and named him John Raynold Olson. Later he became better known as ˜Ray™. In 1944, Ray married Irene Saue and they were blessed with two daughters. He spent most of working years as a farmer and a salesman. In 1975, Ray married Rose Dornquast. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church and a faithful Lutheran his entire life. He was known for being a world traveler, a good cribbage player and quite the dancer. Ray loved watching the Vikings and the Twins. He volunteered at the Buffalo Hospital at the gift shop and was an active member of the Buffalo Lions. What Ray loved the most was his family and especially time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by parents: George and Selma Olson and brother: Leonard Olson.

Ray is survived by wife: Rose; children: Joann (Jim) Draper of Aurora, CO, and Jodi (Brian) Ditmore of Bainbridge Island, WA; grandchildren: Matthew Draper, Olivia Ditmore, and Conor Ditmore; sister: Muriel Emerick of Bloomington; step-son: Eugene (Pam) Dornquast of Columbus, IN; step-grandson: Chad (Jayne) Dornquast; and step-great-grandchildren: Steven and Scott Dornquast; many good friends and other family members.

Visitation was Sunday, September 30th, 2007 from 4 to 7pm with a prayer service at 6:30pm at The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.

Ray™s funeral service was Monday, October 1st, 2007 at 11am at Zion Lutheran Church of Buffalo. There was a 1 hour visitation prior to the start of the service. Pastor Becky Sogge officiated the service. Casket bearers were Chad Dornquast, Matt Draper, Jim Draper, Rodney Emerick, Jeff Emerick, and Myron Bruer.

A private family inurnment took place Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Kenny and Sue Rothstein

    Aunt Rose and Cousin Gene and family,
    Our thoughts and Prayers and Love are with you at this time.
    Kenny and Sue

  2. Al, Ray's barber,

    I was sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. I always enjoyed talking to Ray at the shop. May God be with you in this time of sorrow.
    Al Burtman


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