Stanley Jonas Olafson
November 11, 1920 – April 26, 2020
Stan Olafson passed away peacefully on April 26, 2020 in the Kipling Integrated Health Centre from complications of a stroke at the age of 99; just six months shy of his 100th birthday.
Stan was the eldest son of Jonas and Dorothy Olafson. He was born and grew up on the farm north of Windthorst, Saskatchewan that had been homesteaded in 1902 by his grandparents. As most did during those times, he attended a one-room country school in the Hillesden District, working on the farm when not studying.
He enlisted in the Canadian Army at the age of 21 and was assigned to the Royal Canadian Engineers of the Canadian Third Division. Following training in Prince Albert, SK and Chilliwack, BC, he was deployed overseas in 1943. He was with the second group of Canadian soldiers that landed at Normandy on June 7, 1944, following the D-Day landings. Stan returned to Saskatchewan near the end of 1945 and farmed with his father and brother Bill. He loved farming, his community, and sports. He excelled as a baseball player, curler and, of course, pool at the seniors’ centre.
Family was important to him and he was the family historian. He took a tremendous amount of pleasure from interactions with nephews, nieces, cousins and their extended families. Stan was blessed with a long and healthy life, and he was sharp to the end.
When he was 98, his driver’s license was renewed for five more years – something he took great delight in.
Stan was a proud veteran and participated in countless remembrance services in Windthorst and Kipling. He was looking forward to turning 100 as a WWII Veteran on Remembrance Day 2020. Stan was predeceased by his parents, his brother Bill, sisters-in-law Dorothy Olafson, Lydia Olafson, and nephew-in-law Gregg Schraw. He is survived by his brothers Glenn in Port Coquitlam, BC and Don in Calgary, Alberta; nieces and nephews Diane Heidel, Wendy Hugill (Doug), David Olafson (Caroline) all in the Vancouver area, Kelly Olafson (Barb) in Singapore, Lori Olafson in Las Vegas, and Tim Olafson (Julie Hopkins) in Calgary. In addition, Stan will be missed by several great nieces and nephews, numerous cousins and his friends in the Windthorst area.
The family extends thanks to the nurses and staff at both the Kipling Integrated Health Centre and unit 5A Regina General Hospital for their compassionate care of Stan during his final days, and to all the kind people of Windthorst who kept an eye out for Stan over the years.
A graveside service will be held in the Windthorst Cemetery, Windthorst, SK on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Stewart Miller officiating. Light refreshments will immediately follow in the Windthorst Community Rec. Centre.
If friends desire, donations in Stan’s memory may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 6 Kipling Box 837, Kipling, SK S0G 2S0, Windthorst Museum c/o Windthorst Village Office Box 98 Windthorst, SK S0G 5G0, or Kipling Palliative Care Box 989 Kipling, SK, S0G 2S0.
Stanley Jonas Olafson
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May 12, 2020
It was with great sadness that I read of Stan’s passing a week ago. I had met Stan several times being a longtime friend of his brother Don and knowing the Olafson family very well. I know that Stan’s passing will put a hole In the families life. The historian writes no more. And he was so close to a very important target coming up to 100 years. But close as in curling doesn’t count and I’m sorry Stan missed that target. Peace to you Dan and to the family as you walk this valley again. My prayers and thoughts are with you all, Jim Toth
Canadian Military Engineers Association
May 3, 2020
The Canadian Military Engineers extend to you and your family our deepest sympathies in your time of sorrow.
Brigadier-General Steve M. Irwin, CD (Retired)
Colonel Commandant of the Canadian Military Engineers
May 3, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to Stans close family and his family of friends.Stan will be missed for his smile and conversation,his meeting on the road coming to or from the farm.U will be missed.
May 2, 2020
TO THE OALFSON FAMILY
STAN WAS THE TREASURER FOR THE WINDTHORST LEGION SO ONCE A YEAR I WOULD RECEIVE A LETTER FROM HIM REMINDING ME THAT IT WAS TIME TO PAY MY DUES AS I KEPT MY MEMBERSHIP WITH THE WINDTHORST BRANCH AS A CONNECTION TO HOME.
STAN WAS A COMMUNITY WORKER AND FORA THAT ALONE HE WILL BE MISSED.
BROTHER, BILL ATTENDED THE WINDTHORST HIGH SCHOOL DURING THE YEARS THAT I ALSO ATTENDED.
WHILE WORKING IN THE LOCAL POST OFFICE, I MET THEIR MOTHER. SHE WAS A KIND AND GENTLE LADY A ATTRIBUTE SHE PASSED ON TO HER FAMILY.
WE HAVE TO RESPECT A PERSON WHO LIVES TO BE ALMOST 100 YEARS OLD, HE MUST HAVE DONE ALOT OF THINGS RIGHT. IT IS GOOD TO TAKE SOME TIME TO "REMEMBER"
INEZ WALKER (MCTAGGART)
May 2, 2020
My son, Alex, likes to go to the Seniors' Centre during visits to Windthorst. At first, he just went with my Grandma because he liked to watch the men play snooker. Soon, however, the men invited Alex to play and every morning, when he's in Windthorst, he grabs a root beer and heads over to join his older friends.
Alex's favourite pool partner was Stan. He was crushed to learn the news, even though he knew Stan wasn't well. Despite the 88 year age gap, they got along pretty well
May 1, 2020
So sorry for your family's loss. I always enjoyed my visits with Stan. He always had a great story to tell and had a great sense of humour. Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. I noticed that he and my younger brother shared a birthday. Darryl
Ron and Doreen Sitter
May 1, 2020
Stan was a cherished member of our extended family. My parents Al and Peggy Smith enjoyed their visits with him over the years and our family very much appreciated that he was able to be with us last May in Swift Current at Mom's interment. Our condolences to Stan's brothers and family members. He was an inspiration to many and will be greatly missed.
Jim & Louise Mckee
April 30, 2020
So sorry to hear of Stan's passing. He was a pleasant man and I enjoyed our time with him when working with larry Parrott