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David Olson

June 16, 1945 — December 29, 2018

David D. Olson, 73, of Duluth, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, in his home on December 29, 2018.

David was born, in Duluth on June 16, 1945 to Vernon and Dorothy.

David was born and raised in Duluth, MN. He was proud to call Woodland his home and graduated from East High School in 1963. David was known as the jack of all trades. He began a career with Northern Engine and relocated to Fargo, ND where he met his wife, Cheryl, of 41 years. He worked various jobs in Fargo over the course of 15 years. David relocated his family back to Duluth in 1987.  He spent several years working as a Glazer for St Germain’s and Superior Glass. David eventually started his own company, NADCO. He prided himself on being a self-taught engineer and worked endlessly to reinvent the automatic door industry. In 2016 David was granted the patent for a new automatic door operator. This was his greatest passion and achievement to date. If given the opportunity he would spend hours talking about his invention.

He enjoyed spending time at the race track as a volunteer firefighter in his younger years and “bumming around” with his girls on Saturday mornings. He spent his last summer at Timberline RV Park in Sturgeon Lake camping with family. He made sure his grandkids tried every kind of ice cream they had.

David was a member of the Essentia Health Patient Advisory Board as well as the Heart and Vascular Board. He took great pride in advocating for others.

Most importantly David was an extremely proud grandfather of a US Marine. His children and grandchildren were his pride and joy.

David was preceded in death by parents; and brother, Robert.

He is survived by loving wife, Cheryl; daughters, Stephanie Sailstad, Kimberly (David) Sabick, Krisan (Blaine) Hunter; grandchildren, Noah, Nora, Jackson, Payton, and Colby; numerous, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

The family would like to thank Essentia Health Hospice for the excellent care he received at home. They would also like to thank Dr Kalkidan Bishu for his endless care, compassion, and friendship throughout the years.

Visitation will be 5-7PM Friday January 4, 2019, in the Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E 2nd Street, Duluth, MN 55805, visitation will continue from 10AM until the 11AM Memorial Service, at Concordia Lutheran Church 2501 Woodland Ave, Duluth, MN 55803.

Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 218-727-3555.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Friday, January 4, 2019

5:00 - 7:00pm

Dougherty Funeral Home

600 E 2nd St, Duluth, MN 55805

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Visitation

Saturday, January 5, 2019

10:00 - 11:00am

Concordia Lutheran Church

2501 Woodland Ave, Duluth, MN 55803

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Memorial Service

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Starts at 11:00am

Concordia Lutheran Church

2501 Woodland Ave, Duluth, MN 55803

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