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ALLAN RICHARD OLSEN

ALLAN RICHARD OLSEN

Allan Richard Olsen, 58, of Gilbert died on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at his home.

He was born June 25, 1958 to Wayne and Mary Ann (Clement) Olsen in Duluth. Al grew up in Duluth and attended Duluth East High School, graduating in 1976. Following high school, he attended Mesabi Community College where he studied law enforcement. He was employed by Biwabik Township, Eveleth Police Department and, in 1989, was hired by the Gilbert Police Department. In 1993 Al was promoted to Gilbert Chief of Police, serving until his retirement in 2001. Al was married to Mary Ocepek on Sept. 12, 1981 in Eveleth. He remarried, to Char Hogan on Aug. 7, 2010 in Gilbert.

Al had several ventures, including snow plowing and owning and operating a pet crematorium in Gilbert, and drove for AEOA. Following his retirement, Al and Char purchased Knotty Pine Liquor, where they spent their days together operating the business. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and was very passionate and active in the well-being of the City of Gilbert. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his best friend Ejay Dawson.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Breanna Smith; mother-in-law Julia Malnar; and his parents.

Survivors include his wife Char; a daughter, Katie (Dan) Mastel of Fargo; two stepdaughters, Mary Hogan and Therese (Tanner) Smith, both of Gilbert; seven grandchildren, Jackson, Cohen and Natalie Mastel, Luca and Lola Pellini, and Brooklyn and Jersey Smith; four siblings, Kathy (Jim) Harris of Tucson, Ariz., Warren (Veronica) Olsen of Duluth, Kenneth (Mechelle) Olsen of Ham Lake, and Steven (Ericka) Olsen of Shoreview; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved poodle Rosie.

VISITATION: 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, April 26 in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Gilbert, with Fr. Michael Garry celebrating. Interment will be in the Gilbert Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert.

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