obituary header
Welcome to the memorial page for

Morris James Olson

April 1, 1933 ~ December 2, 2017 (age 84)
Obituary Image

Morris Andrew James Olson April 1, 1933 – December 2, 2017 Morris J Olson was born April 1st, 1933 in Crookston, Minnesota to Arthur and Francis Olson. A family story often recited at family gatherings was how his father announced his birth. His parents lived in a hotel after their marriage. That generation seldom spoke of personal matters. But when Morris, their firstborn son arrived, his father ran up and down the hotel halls shouting, “I have a son!” His parents later moved to a farm in Warren, Minnesota. Morris grew up on this farm and completed high school in Warren. Eventually, the family moved to the Chicago, Illinois area. After high school, Morris served in “C“ Battery, 61st Field Artillery Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, US Army. This was from June 1950 – 1953, during the Korean War. Morris was trained as part of a 9-man 105MM Howitzer Artillery crew. During a firefight, a rifle bullet struck and was lodged in his steel helmet. He was not physically injured. Morris seldom talked about this experience. However, it was not long after this experience that he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior on July 31, 1955. All these events changed his life forever, causing Morris to enroll in Moody Bible Institute. A short while later, Morris accepted the Gospel challenge to “Go!” After graduation, Morris took formal dental training. After this schooling, he was accepted by New Tribes Mission and started the training in 1968. Upon completion of his missionary training, Morris headed to Bolivia, S.A. arriving in 1971. Dentistry was his primary ministry during these years in Bolivia. His growing up years and experience with farming, was instrumental in assisting fellow missionaries and tribal village people, teaching them how to grow productive vegetable gardens during these years as well. Morris had a ministry change to agriculture/gardening fulltime in 1997. Morris enjoyed playing the guitar, which he did for years. In October 2001, Morris retired from ministry in Bolivia after 33 years. He moved to NTM Homes, the retirement community for New Tribes Mission in Sanford, Florida. He continued playing his guitar and started serving at the HealthCare and Rehabilitation facility in Sanford every Tuesday afternoon. Morris continued ministering to the nursing home residents, faithfully all of his 16 years of retirement. Morris thoroughly enjoyed his computer. He stayed in touch with his family and many of his former coworkers during his retired years. Morris was also, an avid reader. He enjoyed hours of research on a variety of science and political topics of interest. Morris remained single, but had an older sister and two younger brothers. He is survived by one younger brother, Arvid Olson living in Chicago, Illinois and numerous nephews and nieces. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Gramkow Funeral Home. Interment will be held at 2:00 PM at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, Mims, Florida. Arrangements entrusted to GRAMKOW FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY 500 E. Airport Blvd. Sanford, Florida 32773 Phone (407) 322-3213

 Service Information

Funeral Service
December 27, 2017

11:00 AM
Gramkow Funeral Home & Crematory
500 East Airport Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32773

December 28, 2017

2:00 PM
Cape Canaveral National Cemetery
5525 US-1
Mims, FL 32754

© 2018 Gramkow Funeral Home & Crematory. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS