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Earl A. Olson passed away June 24, 2014 with both of his sons at his side. Earl was 98 years old and had been a resident of Diamond Willow. Earl was born May 8, 1916 in Bismarck, North Dakota to Alfred and Elsie (Pettis) Olson. His father passed away from appendicitis when Earl was an infant. When he was a year old he moved to Duluth and was raised by his aunt and uncle Alta (Pettis) and Mark Shearer. He always considered them as his parents and their children as his brothers and sisters. He resided in Duluth for the remainder of this life. He worked for Clyde Iron Works for over 30 years.

During World War II Earl served in the Pacific Front. He was very proud of his country and his military service. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 137 in Duluth.

Earl married Mary Janell Baker February 20, 1948. They were married for over 60 years. Earl and Mary always put family and friends first. They both had a special fondness for kids and thought all were unique and special. They were both long time members of Lincoln Park Community Church (formerly Temple Baptist). She preceded him in death October 14, 2008. He was also preceded in death by his parents, brothers Art and Neil Shearer, and sisters Cora Thompson and Fay Shearer.

Earl is survived by his sons Gerry (Peggy) of Loveland, Colo. and Greg (Joey) of Duluth; grandchildren Erin Olson of Greeley, Colo. and Jesse (Casey) of Johnstown, Colo.; and great granddaughters, Payton Janell Chavez, Preslee Ann Chavez, and Avery Lynn Olson; Twin sisters-in-law Joyce Baker and Jean LaFavor of Duluth also survive him. Earl had a special relationship with his surviving kid sister Fern Burdick and was a father figure for her and her six children.

The family would like to thank the staff of Diamond Willow (Proctor) for the excellent care Earl received while a resident.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: 1 p.m. Saturday, August 2nd in Sunrise Funeral Home in Hermantown. Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service. Military Honors will be Accorded by the Duluth Honor Guard. Inurnment in Sunrise Memorial Park. To leave an online condolence see