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Joseph Olsen Jr


September 2, 2021

Joseph Olsen Jr

July 06, 1972 - August 29, 2021

Joseph Olsen Jr, age 49 of Waubun, MN died on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at his home.

Joseph Charles Olsen Jr. was born on July 6, 1972, to Joseph Olsen Sr. and Theresa Bunker in Detroit Lakes, MN. He grew up in Naytahwaush, MN, with a large extended family. He attended elementary School in Naytahwaush and later went to high school in Mahnomen. After high school Joe had various jobs at the Shooting Star Casino until working in concrete which was his profession for the last 20 plus years, most recent with Gordon Construction. During the winter months he was a logger with Bert and Sonny Wichern. Joe was a very hard worker, dedicated to his job and hardly missed a day of work. While working at the Shooting Star casino he met the love of his life Christina Soyring, and they married on July 18, 2009, in White Earth, MN. They were blessed with 3 beautiful children: Mariah, Curtis and Emily. Most recent Joe was blessed with two precious grandkids whom he adored. In 2008, they purchased Christina’s grandmothers house in rural Waubun.

Joe spent most of his free time snowmobiling, ATV riding, camping and hanging out with family and friends. Joe was always very giving. He would always check in on his elders, often giving them fish and deer meat. Joe was known to get old bikes, fix them up, and gift them to neighborhood kids. He was first to tell you his opinion, but also the first to say “love ya” to his family and his “bros.” Joe worked hard, played hard and always put his family first. He loved to terrorize everyone around him. Joe had many friends. His sense of humor, huge smile and giant personality touched so many and will be greatly missed.

Joe is survived by his wife, Christina Olsen of Waubun; his children: Mariah (Shannon) Olsen, Curtis Olsen and Emily Olsen; two precious grandchildren: Annatae and Shannon Burnette; his mother, Theresa (Jim) Loud; step-mother, Jean Clark; one brother, Andrew (Amy) Olsen, of Elbow Lake Village; his sisters, Melissa Ojibwa of Waubun, and Valerie (Myron) Yost of Ogema, MN, Jennifer (Darren) Loud of Park Rapids, MN, and Lisa (Ian) Lussier of Red Lake, MN; Sister-in-law, Lynsey Soyring; brother-in-law, Henry Soyring; mother-in-law, Carla Soyring; his grandparents: Phyllis Bunker and Elizabeth “Betty” Johnson; uncle, Mark Bunker; and aunts: Susan Parisian, Carol (George) Behrens, Nancy Hodge and Mary (Doyle) Turner; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Joe is preceded in death by his father, Joseph Olsen Sr; uncles: Richard “Dicky” Bunker and Kelly Bunker; aunts: Kathy Kier, Molly Bunker Hientz, Rose Alvarado, and Marcy Fairbanks; father-in-law, Gary Soyring; and sister-in-law, Hayle Soyring.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 am on Friday, September 3, 2021 at the Naytahwaush Sports Complex. Visitation was held on Thursday, September 2, 2021, from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, with a Prayer Service beginning at 7:00, all at the Naytahwaush Sports Complex. Burial took place immediately after the funeral at Vernon Anderson Memorial Cemetery in Elbow Lake Village, with food and fellowship following at the Little Elbow Lake Park.


Naytahwaush Sports Complex

Thursday, September 02, 2021

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

2531 310th Ave.

Naytahwaush, MN 56566

Prayer Service will begin at 7PM

Funeral Service

Friday, September 03, 2021

10:00 AM


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