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Scott Maynard Olson, age 64, of Buffalo Minnesota, passed away peacefully Saturday October 21, 2023 after battling a long illness.

Scott was born November 8, 1958 in Willmar Minnesota to Maynard and Geraldine (Holtz) Olson.

Scott met his loving wife of 42 years Wendy (Yonak) in 6th grade. They were blessed with two daughters that were the ‘apple of his eye’; Brianna (Olson) Elwood (Mike), Kristi Olson (Brian) and two grandchildren Leo Scott Elwood, Lauren Grace Elwood.

Scott is also survived by his mother Geraldine Olson (Leonard Heinz) and sister Debbie Olson; uncles, aunts and cousins. Preceded in death by his father, Maynard; grandparents Axel and Florence (Hoglund) Olson, Daniel and Pearl (Voss) Holtz and Uncle Floyd Olson.

Scott was a 1977 graduate of Rockford High School. He owned two successful businesses; A Perk Test & Design and American Sewer & Water. He was also a construction foreman at Buffalo Bituminous Inc.

Scott enjoyed spending time with his family. He was an avid outdoorsman; enjoying boating, all kinds of hunting and fishing, smoking fish, cooking and a myriad of unusual house plants. Scott and Wendy enjoyed many trips together on their Harley’s, Las Vegas, Mexico and Jamaica. He also went on several hunting and fishing trips with his father and family to Wisconsin, Arizona, Colorado and Mexico.

Scott was a truly kind, loving person, very creative and resourceful. He could build, repair or remodel anything, was always willing to help someone out and was tickled pink when it snowed so he could get in the tractor and blow the neighbors snow.

Even though Scott suffered from a brain aneurysm & strokes in 2002 he continued to make people laugh, enjoyed the sparkle of a woman’s jewelry, had a big smile on his face and gave all hearty handshakes and hugs.

Scott’s Celebration of Life will be held 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Wednesday November 1, 2023 at the Peterson Chapel, 119 Central Avenue, Buffalo Minnesota 55313 with sharing of memories at 6:30 pm.

Memorials preferred to the Buffalo Adult Day Care Center, 613 Montrose Blvd, Buffalo Minn 55313

The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, Minnesota assisted the family with Scott’s Celebration of Life arrangements. On-line condolences can be made at

6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Russell Schmidt

    I remember Scotty well from HS. He was a wonderful person. Blessings to your family. He will be missed

  2. Russell Lukach

    Scott lived across the the lake we lived on when we were growing up I would canoe across lake to go to his place

  3. John Antanies

    My family moved to the Hamel area the summer after my sophomore year of high school, and I joined the Rockford class of 1977. Scott was the “coolest” guy in the class: gifted athlete, drew the girls in like a magnet, etc. But Scott never looked down on others who were not like him. He always treated everyone like they mattered, whether they were cool kids or dorks.

    Scott and I worked together at the Radisson Inn as dishwashers in high school. I will always remember the food fights we had, his infectious smile, and his great work ethic.

    Rockford had a ski club that traveled to Afton Alps on Wednesdays. I don’t remember how many times I drove with Scott in his green car to ski there, but I will always remember him blasting “Hotel California” – even now when I hear the title track of that album it reminds me of him. I will also remember how much I wanted to ski like him: no one else did back flips over snow bumps; we were all content to do a spread eagle and not wipe out.

    After graduation my family moved to Colorado and I went to school at West Point in New York, which didn’t allow freshman to leave the place until Christmas vacation. I had no friends in Colorado, but I was thrilled when Scott said he and Rick Van Winkle were going to come out to Colorado to ski. We spent a few days on the slopes at Breckinridge and a place that, like our youth, doesn’t exist anymore. We blasted up a crappy road in his green car to the cabin my brother lived in; at one point we thought we tore the oil pan off but laughed at our good fortune.

    At our 10th high school reunion Scott and Wendy tore up the dance floor, still the coolest guy in the room.

    RIP Scott. You showed me how to be a better person, and I will forever be grateful.

  4. Sherry Trimble

    So very sorry to hear of Scott’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you say goodbye. Rest in peace Scott. 🙏🏻❤️

  5. Mark Johnson

    So sorry to hear of Scott’s passing. He was a great guy, and always fun to be around. As John Antanies said, his smile was infectious! Definitely athletic, I most recall him showing those talents on the football field and the ski slopes. I’ll never forget seeing him hit a jump near the top of a short but steep slope, soar high in the sky, then completely disappear before hearing a thud and a then a groan!

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Rest in peace Scott.

  6. Paul and Chris Johnson

    So sorry for your family’s loss. We never knew Scott but I can tell we would have liked him. We moved into his old house next to Geraldine’s place. Looks like Scott shared a lot of the same passions in life as I. Sympathy to the family and close friends. Gods speed in recovery.


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