Selmer Mardell Olson, 83, of Clarkfield, died on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the Clarkfield Care Center. Funeral services were held Monday, September 26, at 10:00 a.m. at Clarkfield Lutheran Church with interment in the church cemetery. Visitation was held on Sunday, September 25, from 5-7 p.m. at Lynner Funeral Home in Clarkfield and continued at the church one hour prior to the service.
Selmer Mardell Olson was born in Clarkfield on November 16, 1932 to Selmer J. and Lyla (Sack) Olson. He was baptized at home on December 19, 1932 and confirmed at Clarkfield Lutheran Church in 1947. Mardell graduated from Clarkfield High School in 1950. Following high school he attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls before joining the U.S. Navy in 1952. He served in the U.S. Navy until 1956.
He attended Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis and it was there he met his future wife, Shirley Bailey. They were married October 20, 1957 at American Lutheran Church in Webster, South Dakota. They had five children together: Paula, Valerie, Patricia, Sheldon and Marlene.
Mardell worked on the farm with his father until he took a position with AGP in Dawson. He retired from his job of Chief Engineer at AGP in 1997 and returned to farming with his son Sheldon. Mardell was an active member of Clarkfield Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday School, serving as a deacon and singing in the choir. He also served as treasurer of Tyro Township for many years and was a member of the American Legion in Clarkfield.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; children: Paula (Doug) Border of Boyd, Valerie (Craig) Giles of Clarkfield, Patricia Wickert of New Brighton, Sheldon Olson (friend Trish Lien) of Clarkfield and Marlene Debban of Bloomington; grandchildren: Chris Border, Justin, Daniel, Scott and Olivia Wilson, Shawn Giles, Faith, Rhian and Joslyn Debban; sister, Lois Lynner of Clarkfield; sister-in-law, Cynitha Olson of Virginia Beach, VA; and many other nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Cecil Olson; a niece, Kristi Lynner; a nephew, Gregg Olson; and brother-in-law, Jack Lynner. Mardell was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He will be greatly missed.