Eggen Olson obituary

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Friday, October 28, 1932
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Eggen Olson was born March 15, 1882, and died October 22, 1932 at the age of 50 years, 7 months and 7 days. He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith by Rev. Eggen, at Mona, Iowa. He was born in Lyle, but soon after moved with his parents to their farm west of Lyle, where he grew to manhood. For the past 20 years he has worked for the Illinois Central Railroad, where he was employed at the time he was taken sick. On October 11th, he was admitted to St. Olaf Hospital, where he submitted to an operation from which he failed to recover.

He was a kind-hearted and home loving man, and will be greatly missed by all his relatives and friends. He leaves to mourn his death, five sisters and two brothers; Mrs. Newton Dennis, Mrs. Julia Peterson, Mrs. Emil Schwanke, Mrs. Ben Helfritz, Mrs. Geo. Jahr, Sam Olson and Ole Olson, all of whom reside in this community, also a large number of other relatives. He was preceded in death by both parents in the year, 1930.

A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.
God in his wisdom has recalled
The boon his love had given,
And tho' the body slumbers here
The soul rests safe in Heaven."


The passing of Eggen Olson was a shock to his many friends and relatives as he appeared strong, robust, and in the prime of life until a few months ago. No one thought that Eggen would be the first to follow his parents in death, but human reckoning fails, in the light of eternity and according to the inevitable balances.

Two weeks from the time he was taken to the hospital, he was being laid to rest in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. During those weeks and days he suffered much as medical skill and tender care could not allay pain or stop the grim messenger, death.

Early Friday morning, the relatives were summoned as it was thought he was passing. Later on he rallied, but only for a day when his earthly career ended.

Those who knew Eggen Olson best will remember him as a kind, big hearted brother and friend.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the home, and the Lyle Lutheran Church. Rev. Langehough his pastor, had charge of the service. The pall bearers were Geo. M. Anderson, Geo. Wyborny, H.H. Lunde, Geo. Jahr, John Hanson and Bert Swenson.

Those here from away to attend the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. Herman Burndt and Chester; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Burndt and Mr. and Mrs. Ole Olson of Austin.

Card of Thanks

We wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to Rev. Langehough, the Male Chorus, the ladies who decorated the church, those who sent floral tributes and those who furnished cars for the funeral and all others who in any way assisted us by kindness or sympathy during the illness and after the death of Eggen Olson.

The Sisters and Brothers