MALTA-Harold Vern Olson, 89, a Navy Korean War Veteran and retired State Highway Maintenance passed away at the Hi-Line Retirement Center on July 12, 2018.

            The family will receive friends at 7:00 P.M., Monday, July 16 at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Interment with Military Honors will be in the Malta Cemetery. Condolences for the family maybe left at

            Harold was born on April 2, 1929 on the family homestead South of Saco, Montana to Thorolf “Ted” and Emma (Halverson) Olson. He was the youngest of 7 children. He attended school and graduated from Malta High School in 1947. After a few years working as a ranch hand for his brother-in-law, Everett Boucher in Hinsdale, Montana, he enlisted in the Navy. He served during the Korean War.

            He returned and married Jacquiline Jean Van Meter on December 18, 1954 in Glasgow, Montana. Three daughters were born to them, Halle, Verna and Hope.

            He worked for Harold Lieb at the Edwards and McLellans Store as one of the first Television Repairmen in the area for a few years. He also worked as a school janitor and finally as a Forman of the Phillips County District of the Montana State Highway Maintenance Crew, retiring in 1987. During his retirement, he enjoyed making wooden saddle clocks, fly traps and picture frames.

            Survivors include his wife, Jackie Olson of Malta; daughters Halle (Rob) Williamson, Verna Henry and Hope (Bill) Anderson all of Phillips County; grandchildren, John (Georgia), Isaac (Kaylee) Williamson both of Phillips County, Eric (Zana) Wright of Billings, MT, Leona Wright of Box Elder, MT, and Beth Anderson of Havre, MT; great grandchildren, Ella Messerly, Hennessey, Bellemay and Zoe Williamson all of Phillips County; Zaria and Zander Wright of Billings, MT. Local living relatives include, nieces and grand nieces, Bonny Millar, Della Brookie, Zoeann Humphreys and her daughter, Bobby Sue, Sandy Kovack and Julie Tatafu.

He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and sisters, nephew Gary Olson of Saco, Montana and son-in-law Allen Henry of Malta.

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From: Sharon A Kindle

God Speed, Harold


From: Edward & Sarah Ostlund

Condolences to Jackie and family.

Peace of Jesus be with you all.

Edward & Sarah Ostlund


From: Dianne F Smith

Rest in peace my old friend. My deepest sympathy to Jackie and girls. Harold will be missed by all his family and friends.

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