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Harry W. Olson

Harry W. Olson
Born: Feb 11, 1926
Died: Jan 14, 2016


Harry W. Olson, 89, passed away peacefully with family at his side on January 14, 2016 after a short battle with congestive heart failure.  A viewing will be held on Monday, January 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Edwards Funeral Home in Chinook. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Chinook High School Auditorium and a reception will be held at the Chinook Eagles following the service. Arrangements have been made with Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.
 
Harry was born in Havre, MT on February 11, 1926 to Fred and Martha (Solomon) Olson. His family ranched in the Bear Paw Mountains where he and his other siblings (2 brothers and 5 sisters) learned to appreciate the land and its livestock. He attended Faber School thru 6th grade then his family moved to the upper Clear Creak place where he attended the Diamond Bar School thru the 8th grade.
 
In the spring of 1940, the family moved to the “Home Place” on lower Clear Creek where Harry continued to ranch until he died.
 
As a young man, Harry and his brother Ed partnered to buy the Prunes Place. Harry then decided to buy the Delbrom Place on his own which was by the Ada School. Then in 1970, he expanded to the Milk River Valley.
 
He had a love for livestock and was a natural born stockman; he just knew cattle. And to this day his famous O Lazy H brand is a well-known symbol as some of the best commercial Black Angus cattle in America.
 
Harry also had a love for his family. He helped care for his parents with his sisters Elsa and Janet for 10 years until their passing. He also lived with Elsa and Janet for a lot of years. He was a regular family man. Harry was a father figure to his sister Elsa’s three children, Dawn, Denys and Darlene. He was also a favorite uncle to all of his nephews and nieces. Harry loved to attend all of the children’s school activities and more.
 
Harry was a man known for his character and integrity. He was also known for his kindness and love that he shared with everyone around him. Trust was a big attribute to Harry. Whether it was trading cattle or buying machinery, he still believed a man’s handshake was his word. He also had great trust in young people when it came to learning. He was a very patient man that allowed the younger generation a chance to learn the ranching way of life and when mistakes were made he never got angry or made them feel bad. His response would always be “just do your best that’s all you can do.”
 
He truly was one of the last original cowboys of the West. His hobbies were his family, his cows and his horses. Along with being the best stockman around, Harry was also one of the best horsemen around. There was nothing better to Harry then a horse sale. He loved to buy and sell horses. Some of his favorite horses thru his ranching life were “Old Jack”, “Drifter”, “Old Croppy”, “Old Blondy”, “Dude”, “Joker”, “Snoopy” and his last horse “Cherokee”.
 
Another special interest of Harry’s was making sure ranchers like himself and others were being properly represented. He was one of the charter members of the North Central Montana Stockgrowers Association which is still going strong today. He just loved to attend local meetings plus the Montana Stockgrowers Association’s Mid-Year and Annual Convention where he was able to see old friends and meet new ones. And what a positive impression he left with everyone he met.
 
A bachelor his entire life, Harry married his wife Colette on May 17, 1991. And to this union came Harry’s two step-sons Russell and Chris Nemetz. He opened his heart to Colette and her boys and always treated them as if they were his own. Just as he was with his nephews and nieces, he supported them through all their activities and endeavors. Harry and Colette had a lot of fun through their almost 25 years of marriage. From family gatherings to fun trips, as long as they were together they were both having the time of their lives. He really loved Colette’s cooking. Especially, on those special occasions that included lutefisk on the menu.
 
Harry’s love of children continued into his later years in life when he was blessed with his grandchildren and his great-great and great-great-great nephews and nieces. He was proud of his family and he loved them all. And they loved him too.
 
Harry is survived by his wife Colette, step-son Russell Nemetz (Rachel) and his grandchildren Tyler and Isabelle. His step-son Chris Nemetz. Sisters Elsa Pomeroy and Janet Olson. Nieces Dawn Overcast (Ken) and Darlene Pomeroy. Great Nephews T.J. Overcast (Tara), Seth Pomeroy (Ashley), Nathan Pomeroy (Leslie). Harry also has other numerous nieces and nephews from his other brothers and sisters. Great Nieces Karleen Halingstad (Lance) and Camille Pomeroy. Plus his 21 great-great and great-great-great nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Martha Olson, his brothers Ed and Russell Olson, his sisters Marie Grant, Elizabeth Hill, Ruth Hofeldt and his infant sister Edith. He was also preceded in death by his nephew Denys Pomeroy, his great nephew Shea Pomeroy and his nephew-in-law Jack Harrington.
 
Memorials may be sent to one’s choice.

Public Guest Book

Jan 16th
Bob Michalson
Prayers go out to Collete and family in this difficult time. Harry was one of the finest men i have ever known. He always checked in on his friends to see if they needed anything. He always let me and usually Dan Berger Hunt on his property, no questions asked. and he could tell some great stories of the old days that lasted for hours (over beers of course). He was a friend, Neighbor and the kindest man i ever knew. Rest in Peace Harry. Our loss is Heaven's Gain.
Jan 16th
mary Pyette
My deepest sympathy to all the family. I enjoyed seeing Harry driving down the Coal Mine Road checking on cattle.
Jan 16th
Ralph and Wendy Page
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jan 16th
Ralph and Wendy Page
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jan 16th
Ralph and Wendy Page
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jan 16th
Peggy Werk
Colette,
So sorry for your loss.
Harry was a special man, loved & respected by all who knew him.
Hope your many happy memories help you thru this difficult time.
Jan 17th
Patrick & Mary Leeds
We were deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Harry. He was a great man who will be missed tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Jan 17th
Jen Kokkeler
I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this very sad time.
Jan 17th
R.J. and Kathryn Reid
We are sorry for your loss and hope that you can find comfort and support with your families and friends.
Jan 18th
Galen Hafla
Colette, Russell, Chris, & Family:

Our hearts, prayers, and sincere feelings go out to all of you during this time. Although we did not know Harry, I am pretty sure he is gonna be one of God's favorite angels!

All our love, Your family from Nevada,

Galen, Lauren, & Gehrig
Jan 18th
Betty Knudson
My heart goes out to you and the boys. You and Harry made such a great couple. You will always have those great memories. God bless you and keep you.
 

 

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