Roger Carl Olson

9 July, 193115 November, 2020

After a long illness, we are sad to announce the passing of Roger on November 15, 2020 at the age of 89. He married the love of his life Ruby, in 1957, and they enjoyed 63 wonderful, busy years together!

He is survived by his wife and their four children: Brent, Wayne (Janet and their children Stephen, Candice (Josh Tuzyk) and Kevin (Cailey); Andrea (Jake Wiebe and their children Tanis, Eric, Adam, Abby (Jaron Friesen) and Erika (Justin Geisheimer); Mark (Monica) and their son Tyler; along with four great-grandchildren: Elyse Friesen, Leila Friesen, Gabriel Friesen, Silas Roger Friesen. He is also survived by brothers Roland (Lois) in Weyburn and David (Fran) in Toronto. He is predeceased by his parents Robert and Martha Olson and older brother Ken.

Roger worked for almost 30 years at United Grain Growers, putting together the Grainews newspaper for farmers. He also faithfully served at Central Church of Christ for almost 55 years in Winnipeg. He will be missed by all those whose lives have been touched by such a warm, loving and gracious Godly man.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be a funeral service livestreamed on the Thomson “In the Park” Funeral Home Facebook page on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 2:00 pm, you may follow this link to view it:

We will all miss him greatly. God bless him.

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Jan & Harry Khan

24 November 2020

Dear Andrea and family,
We don’t have a memory of your Dad but we feel a little connection because we are living in their lovely condo in The Waterfront.
Our deepest condolences on the loss of your Dad and Grandpa.
Cherish all the fond memories you will have of him, they will warm your heart and make you smile each time you think of one.
Sincerely, Jan & Harry Khan

Maureen Penner

24 November 2020

Dear Ruby, and family:

I was so sad to hear of Roger's passing. May he rest in peace as we await the resurrection. I will be forever grateful for his acts of kindness toward my father while both were in Deer Lodge.

Maureen Penner and Salvatore Catalfamo

Gaetane Guillou

23 November 2020

Gerry and I were saddened to read of Roger’s passing.He was truly a special man and will be sorely missed.You have our deepest sympathy. I sure miss not seeing you Ruby in the halloway was so nice to chat we you. Our sympathies. Gaëtane and Gerry (The Waterfront resident).

Cathie McFarlane

23 November 2020

Our behalf of the McFarlane family, our deepest sympathies on your loss. Our prayers are with your family. Mr. Olson was always very kind and welcoming to our family on our many visits to Winnipeg to visit first my brother in university , when my sister and I were in university and then when I relocated for my career to the area. We lost our father several years ago and although it doesn't seem at the time, the pain of loss does fade and you will be left with the memories of a loved one and one who's life was well lived.

Roy Davison

22 November 2020

May the Lord comfort you in your loss, Ruby. How wonderful that you and Roger were blessed with such a long life of service to God together. I met you and Roger's mother at Saskatoon during the summer of 1953 when I was twelve. You and Roger gave a significant contribution when I first came to Europe as a missionary in 1963. It meant a lot to me at a time when I was having great difficulty finding support. May the Lord bless and protect you.

Carole Rogers

21 November 2020

In 1973 Roger interviewed a young school teacher for the position of librarian at United Grain Growers. That was the start of many good years working with Roger. He joked later that if I had pulled out a package of cigarettes at the interview, he would not have hired me. I think we were both happy that I didn’t smoke.

Roger was integral in the founding, production, and writing of UGG publications Grain Grower, and later Grainews, both geared to farmer readers across western Canada. After we both retired we continued our fun times producing The Informer, the UGG retirees newsletter, that was mailed to retirees spread across the prairies. As we were a company with many diverse offices, grain elevators, as well as the head office in Winnipeg, we felt it was worth putting the time and effort to keep connected with the retirees from all over.

I think Roger had 3 loves in his life, his family, his church, and his work at UGG, probably in that order. He was always on the run, enthusiastic, and upbeat. But he always had time to listen, give advice and pay attention to the farmers that made our company the major cooperative it was. I have always regarded Roger with the utmost respect, and as a good friend. My husband Jim and I enjoyed being with he and Ruby at many retiree events. Happy memories of good times, both working and social.

Our condolences to Ruby, and all Roger's family.
Carole and Jim Rogers

Sharon Olson

20 November 2020

Uncle Roger and Aunt Ruby always treated me so well. My first real memory of Uncle Roger was in 1967 when we stopped in Toronto on our way to Expo. It was my birthday and Ruby made me a rabbit cake with chiclets for teeth.
For many years, they came to our house for Thanksgiving and brought the turkey. Uncle Roger was always the first up from the table to start washing up. Sunday morning, he peeled potatoes, too, which was no small task as often we had at least 60 people over for dinner.
My best memories are when he and his brothers told stories, each one better than the last, about taking eggs to town, pulling Uncle Ken on skis through the ditches, a confiscated hockey stick, chopping dirt with a rusty axe to make a hole.
I will miss you, Uncle.

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