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Norman Olson

February 15, 1933 — July 18, 2023

For anyone interested in knowing about or attending the graveside service for "Stormin Normin", it will be Wednesday, July 26th at Little Butte Cemetery in Kenmare, ND.

Considering the temps will be in the 90's, the family is encouraging all men and women to wear ball caps if you would like.

Our family has chosen this as a twofold purpose; Norman always wore a cap outside, especially agriculture related, and he would be honored to see this. If it helps in making you more comfortable with the heat and sun, then we are all for it!


Norman Edward Olson passed away on July 18, 2023, at his home surrounded by his loving wife, Karen, and her grand-daughter Kendall and Scott Rhule and their two children.

Visitation will be held at Eastgate Funeral Home, 2302 East Divide Ave, on Tuesday, July 25th from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. A prayer service will begin at 7:00 pm. Grave site services will be held at Little Butte Cemetery, 8996 74th Ave NW, Kenmare, on July 26th at 2:00 pm. Refreshments will be served at the Bowbells Senior Center after the service.

Norman was born February 15, 1933, to Edna Hauger Olson and Fred Olson of Coteau, North Dakota. Norman was a lifelong farmer at Kenmare and Bowbells. He served two years in the Army in Korea. He loved vintage Case tractors and steam threshing reunions, especially the one at Rollag, Minnesota. He loved to visit people and people loved to visit with Norman. He married Karen Flath at St. Paul Lutheran Church at Garrison on July 16, 1994.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Walter Olson, Ruben Olson, and sister Ethel Menzie.

He is survived by his wife Karen, stepson Bryan Flath, stepdaughter Crystal Flath-Tatum (Scott), stepdaughter Patti Albritton, sisters Agnes Frick of Watford City, Alvina Overton of Kenmare, granddaughters Kendall Rhule (Scott) and Sarah Gilmore, great-granddaughters Anasten and Ellavie Rhule, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers: Darius Frick, Dean Frick, Dewey Frick, Blake Frick, Dakota Frick, and Bryan Flath.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Senior Center at Bowbells or the Wilton Pioneer Activity Center.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Norman Olson, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Tuesday, July 25, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Eastgate Funeral & Cremation Service

2302 East Divide Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58501


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A prayer service will begin at 7:00 PM.

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