VIRGINIA -- Donald "Swede" R. Olin, 73, Virginia, died Saturday, June 7, 2003, at home.
He was born July 28, 1929, in Duluth. He graduated from Aitkin High School. He was an Air Force veteran serving as a weather observer in Maine. He married Janet Robinson on Feb. 6, 1948, in Presque Isle, Maine. He lived in the Crosby-Ironton area before moving to Virginia in 1965. He was employed by Hanna Mining Co., and Pittsburgh-Pacific before working for Eveleth Taconite. He retired from there as a general foreman after 26 years of service. He attended the Assembly of God Church in Virginia and was a member of the Eveleth Elks Lodge and the Myrin-James American Legion Post No. 443 of Ironton.
Survivors include two daughters, Mikki Kranz, Virginia, and Dayle Pickar, Eveleth; his fiancee, Joyce Johnson, Makinen; four grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a brother, Gary Word, Northville, Mich.
His parents, Gus and Mabel (Palmer) Olin; his stepfather, Ray Genz; his wife; and a brother, Duane "Butch" Olin, died earlier.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Assembly of God Church in Virginia with Pastor David Geary officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Virginia Servicemen's Color Guard.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today at the Bauman-Cron Funeral Home in Virginia and an hour before services Wednesday at the church.
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