MISSOULA — Lars Lewis Olsen passed away Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. He was 80 years old.

Lars was born Sept. 2, 1937, to Lee Mantle Olsen and Hermieona Mae Nielsen Olsen. Lars was born in the bedroom in the same house he lived in on the family ranch in Deer Lodge. He attended grade school in Deer Lodge and graduated from Powell County High School in 1956.

Lars attended Western Montana College in Dillon and Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. He joined the Army and served from 1960-1962. Lars worked as a city police officer in Deer Lodge, as a security guard at the Anaconda Company, and for the State Highway Department.

Lars always loved his dogs; he would often be seen taking rides around town with his latest dog, George. He enjoyed doing the crossword puzzles in the newspaper each morning and reading, particularly about history and sports. He enjoyed watching the Lady Griz Basketball games and the Grizzly football games while listening to the voices of the Griz: Tom Stage, Dick Slater and Mick Holien. His door was always open for cold refreshments and a good conversation. Lars enjoyed researching his family genealogy and visiting about his family history. He loved reminiscing about his Warden basketball and football days with his buddies from the class of 1956. Lars was proud to be a fourth generation north valley rancher, but even prouder of his granddaughter, Annalee who called him “Pa.” She was definitely the “light of his life.”

Lars was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Hermie Olsen, brother Lee Eliason, and sisters Jean Sager and Olivia Olin. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann, daughter Tammy (Mark) and granddaughter Annalee. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 28, at the Jewell Funeral Home at 11 a.m. in Deer Lodge.

Memorials can be made to The Community of Christ Church in Deer Lodge, Montana.

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