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Walter "Skeeter" Olson, 88, of Silver Bay, Minn. passed away Jan. 8, 2017 surrounded by family.

He was born Dec. 1, 1928 and was adopted by Oscar and Matilda Olson of Duluth, Minn. when he was 2 years old. He spent his childhood in Duluth. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he became an expert in marksmanship.

He married his wife and best friend Maryann Pederson in Montana in 1950. They moved to Silver Bay in 1956, where he was employed by Reserve Mining Co. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Local Union 49 until his retirement.

Skeeter was a kind and gentle man who loved his family deeply. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and most of all, a walk in the woods.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sons Donald and Kenneth.

Skeeter is survived by his wife Maryann, children Marsha (Tom) O'Brien, Gary (Nancy) Olson, Steve OIson, Sandy Olson, Lauri (Gary) Hohman, Dennis (Cindy) Olson, Vicki (Ward) Danielson, and Terry (Rob) Rolando; 20 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and his coffee shop buddies.

At his request, there will be no services held.

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I'm so sorry to hear that Saint Walt (my name for him) is gone. He was integral to the quality of my dad's (Patrick Mockler) life in so many ways and was really responsible for him being able to stay in Silver Bay for so many years after my mom died. Maybe they're off in some happy hunting ground enjoying that beloved "walk in the woods." My condolences to all of Walt's children, grandchildren and Maryann.
So sorry for your loss. Such a gentle soul
Peace be with you Aunt MaryAnn and everyone. Shari & Jay
To the Olson family. Skeeter was the nicest guys you would want to know. So Proud he was my Friend.
Rest In Peace, Uncle Skeeter.
He was a wonderful man.
We are both sorry to hear of Skeeter's passing. It was nice to have him (and Maryann) as neighbors. We will miss seeing him out and about for his walks in the woods. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.
Semper Fi little buddy...
MaryAnn asked me to tell everyone that there will be a celebration of life for Walt sometime early spring
I send my condolences to the famiy and everyone who loved and appreciated Walter. God gave him over 88 years of life to enjoy and how precious was every year he was with us. We can be grateful for that including the fact that I had the privilege of giving him the gospel during his last few remaining hours on earth. Walter heard that Jesus Christ paid for his sins and arose again and if he would simply place his faith in that finished work at Calvary on his behalf then he could know he had eternal life. He gave us a twinkle in his eye that he understood he grace message of salvation and now we have this hope that dear ole' Walter "Skeeter" Olson is now absent from the body but present with the Lord! PTL...Ephesians 2:8-9