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Funeral service will be held at 2:00PM on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at St. Paul's United Church, Morden.  No public viewing.  Interment at the 1-6 Icelandic Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe's memory may be made to Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation designated to Palliative Care  

Johannas (Joe) Olafson

December 24, 1922 – July 20, 2017 

Peacefully, with his dear wife, Annie by his side Joe Olafson, our Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa and friend passed away quietly at 2:40 a.m. on Thursday July 20, 2017 at Boundary Trails Health Centre.

Dad was born December 24, 1922 the second son of Siggi and Anna Olafson (Johnson) of the 1-6 district, south of Morden, Manitoba.  He was predeceased  by his parents and his brothers, Albert (Ruth), Siggi, Ragnar, Bill, John (Ida), sisters, Laura (Lorne) and Grace (Rene) and brother-in-law, Joe Prokopich.

His memory will be cherished by his dear wife of 64 years, Annie, his daughter, Gale and son-in-law, Bob Extence and family, his son, Morris and daughter-in-law, Mary and family, son, Garry and family and his son, Victor. Also remembering him will be his sister-in-law, Edna Olafson, sisters-in-law, Mary Prokopich, Emma Smith, Tina Ure (Ken), Doreen Spence (Dennis) and brother-in-law, Ed Holenski (Myrna) and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Dad grew up on the home farm NW 12-1-6, RM of Stanley, where Shawn Olafson now makes his home.  Dad received his education at Elk Creek Country School, completing Grade 8. Following school, he worked on the farm and in January 1942, at 20 years old, Dad enlisted in the army and endured World War II throughout Italy, France, and Germany.  Then, in 1945, when the European war ended, he was sent home quickly and was ready to enlist in the United States Army to fight the war against Japan, but that war came to an end before he was able to go. Following the war years, Dad worked in bush camps in Ontario, cutting wood and on the pipeline, then settling on the Home Farm in 1948, with his dad and brother John.  When his dad passed away he took over the farm and his brother John moved to Alberta.

On October 11th, 1952, Dad married Annie Holenski, a neighbour girl.  Together, they raised 3 sons, Morris, Garry and Victor and one daughter, Gale.  They worked hard together and ran a very efficient and productive farm.  Always making improvements and looking to the future. In 1998, they moved off the Home Farm to Morden, but Dad remained active in the farm, always coming out to help, and up to his last days was very interested in how the farm was doing, always asking if ‘The Boys’ got everything done.

Dad loved sports, especially the Toronto Blue Jays, curling, golfing and card games at the Morden Friendship Centre.  He was a very competitive player and very much enjoyed his time spent at the Friendship Centre and the many friends that he met there. Dad was also a Legion member, Morden Branch #11. It was Norris Pringle, a fellow Legion member who noted that Joe did not have his medals from the war, so he got the ball rolling with the help of Candace Bergen and Ken Wiebe and after 69 years Dad received his War Medals.  He received the 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and clasp and War Medal 1939-45.  Dad said he would be proud to pin these on his uniform for Remembrance Day Services.

Dad was always community minded. Coaching baseball, serving on the school board for many years, serving 1 term as a councillor for the RM of Stanley and was an active member of St. Andrew's United Church, Pearce. Dad was always willing and ready to help when needed, in a quiet and humble way.

Funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at St. Paul’s United Church, Morden with Rev. Cathie Waldie officiating.  Interment followed at the 1-6 Icelandic Cemetery. Pallbearers were the Grandchildren: Garth Olafson, Shawn Olafson, Heather Fehr, David Olafson, Kalvin Olafson, Mark Olafson, Amanda Extence, and Karla Cooper.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe's memory to Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation, designated to the Palliative Care Unit.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

in care of arrangements


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