Lauren LeRoy “Bounce” Olson, 84, of Winona, died at his home on November 25, 2019. He was born to Andrew and Gertrude (Weiker) Olson, the sixth of seven children. And as older siblings often do, they nicknamed him Bounce, which was an abbreviated form of “bouncing baby boy.” It stuck.
He attended Winona Senior High and Cotter High School but was far more interested in athletics than academia. He played baseball, football, and his favorite sport of all, basketball. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and spent his service time in Germany. After returning home he met Janet Meisner and they eventually were married on November 16,1957, in St. Martin’s Church.
A proud dad of his children, Dane, daughter, Leslie, and Derek, Bounce spent many hours of his spare time teaching athletic skills to them, and enjoying the outdoors including fishing, hunting, and camping. As the children grew older and discovered other interests of their own, it allowed him to spend more of his own time playing golf with his partner Bill Schneip and many other golfers. He played until his health wouldn’t allow it anymore. He then began watching TV sports of all kinds and loved every minute of those contests. Western movies also were favorites of his.
His employment was in construction, working for several companies, with his longest tenure being with Johnson Bros. Construction as labor foreman for about 25 years. His work took him all over the United States, helping to build bridges, electric producing plants, sewage disposal plants, and dams. He loved the work and enjoyed lifelong friendships with his supervisors, including Martin Peplinski and Bob Defetter. He also was a lifetime member of Local #563 Laborers’ International Union of North America and a staunch Democrat, always willing to discuss politics.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Janet; sons, Dane and Derek; daughter, Leslie; grandchildren, Lauren and Ian; and great-grandchild, Abigail.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Gertrude; sisters, Geniveve Miller, Francis Knutson, and Daisy Borger; brother, Andrew; and in-laws, Harold and Harriet Diekman.
Our family would like to express our sincere and profound gratitude to the health care team of the dialysis unit at Winona Health, for without you, Bounce’s lifetime would have been severely shortened. We thank you all for every day you gave us. Your kindness and compassion is incredible.
These words are for you, Bounce. Godspeed.
“Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven,
that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will,
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield,”
- Alfred Lord Tennyson
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 29, 2019, at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, with Funeral Celebrant Jodi Heim presiding. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Please leave a memory of Lauren and view his video tribute when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com. Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is assisting the family.