It was unexpected; with great sadness we announce that Olav passed away in his sleep of natural causes at his home in Maple Ridge on Wednesday April 17th, 2013.
He is survived by his wife Lula of nearly 63 years, 4 children Karen Morrison-her children, Shanda, Eric, (Amy), Ross, and Scott, Ryan Shellborn (Kris)-his children, Emily and Thompson, Connie Linde (Mike)-their children, Christopher, Allan, David and Diana, Carol Koebel (Darren)-their children, Amy and Julie. Also 3 great grandchildren Alex, Logan and Nathan Morrison, his brother Raymond and Sister Viola, sisters-in-law Jean Shellborn, Ada Shellborn and Vi Emerson.
He was predeceased by his parents Roy(1971) and Martha(1995), his in-laws Grandy(1999) and Momo(2001), his son Allan(1972), 4 brothers Floyd(2002), Glen(2009), Robert(2011) and Emil(2012), 2 sisters Mae(1995) and Doris(2013), sisters-in-laws Berna(1993), Elvera(2006), niece Debra(1982) and nephews Calvin(1959) and Larry(2010), brothers-in-law Roy Skogstad(1984), Dorland Burkett(1995), Bill Karton(2001) and Jim Emerson(1999).
Olav was born April 4th 1922 on NE ¼-15-17-18 near Erickson in the Rural Municipality of Clanwilliam the oldest of 9 children speaking only Swedish until he started school 2 ½ miles away. When he was 8 years old he helped to look after his grandpa who was crippled. He cut up his chewing tobacco, brought him his meals, tended the wood stoves etc.
He continued to help on the family farm until he joined the army but didn’t go overseas. In 1950 he married Lula Skoglund on June 24th. They started their life together on NE ¼ -15-17-18 where he was born. Continuing to farm in Manitoba till 1972 when the family relocated to Maple Ridge. Olav worked at Whonnock Lumber for 15 years until retirement. Throughout the 40 years here in B.C. many trips were made forth and back to Manitoba-weddings, dances, potatoes etc.
In 2012 a big celebration was held for his 90th birthday and this year we had another great 91st birthday at Newlands in Langley on April 7th. Now 10 days later he has passed on with no goodbyes. Highlights of his life has been a trip to Sweden and Norway in 1982, 12 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, a clear mind remembering, Century Farm Celebrations on the Homestead in 2008, playing games on the computer, hockey games, baseball, curling on tv and lunches at the Seniors Centre with friends.
A Celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, April 24 at 2:00pm at Garden Hill Funeral Chapel – 11765 224th Street, Maple Ridge.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice.
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