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Floyd Clayton Olson, 87

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Floyd Clayton Olson, 87, of Safety Harbor Fla., and formerly of Hudson, died Saturday, July 26, in Florida.

He was born in Burtrum, Minn., Oct. 26, 1920, and attended high school in that area.

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During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army in the military police.

After serving in the military, he enrolled as a student at the River Falls State Teachers College (now University of Wisconsin-River Falls) and also worked for the River Falls Journal.

He was married to Mildred Gillis of Alma Center.

Later he came to work for the Hudson Star-Observer as advertising manager and for a short time was a co-owner with Willis Miller. In the early 1960s, when Olson retired, he and his wife purchased Restpoint Resort, on Bone Lake near Milltown in Polk County.

During his residence in Hudson, Olson had the distinction of bringing barbershop quartet music into the Hudson area and establishing the organization in the community along with Hudsonites including Ray St. Ores, Arnold R. Bertelsen Jr., Orion Felland and others. Olson was president of the Hudson Barbershoppers in 1964.

He was a charter member of the Croix Chordsmen of the St. Croix Valley.

Many years ago he disposed of his property in Polk County and he and his wife retired and moved to Florida--Apollo Beach, Dundee and Safety Harbor.

Preceding him in death was his wife, Mildred.

Surviving are his daughter, Virginia J. Dellinger (HHS '60) of Brevard, N.C.; a granddaughter and three great-grandchildren; a brother, Keith (Pat) Kisro; and a sister, Cleo (Terry) Busian.

Also surviving are a friend, Dee (Dorothy) Dennis; and extended family of Sharon and Ron Dornfeld, Brian and Pat Dennis, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Special thanks to the Hospice of Florida and godchildren Lauri and West Houle.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Florida Suncoast (Red Team) (5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater FL 33760) or Croix Chordsmen of St. Croix Valley.

Burial was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

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