History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

The Olson Funeral Home was established in the early 1900's by Lars Olson and Conrad Skallman, his son-in-law, in Underwood, MN. Lars was joined by his son, Guy Olson in 1918. The business relocated to Pelican Rapids, MN, then later to Fergus Falls, MN. Guy was joined in the business by his son, Robert Olson in 1950. Guy S. Olson II joined the family firm in 1978. On January 9, 1995, the Olson Funeral Home moved into its present facility located at 711 Pebble Lake Road in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.

In 1997, Olson Funeral Home acquired Grina Funeral Home in Rothsay, MN. In 2009 the Olson family donated the Grina Funeral Home property to the New Life Church in Rothsay, so the church could move forward with building a new facility on that site.

The Fergus Falls facility contains a state-of-the-art crematorium, the first licensed crematory in Otter Tail County, licensed under the name of The Alternative Care Cremation Facility.

The Olson Funeral Home is located adjacent to Grotto Lake in the southeastern part of the City of Fergus Falls. Built in 1995, the funeral home is a modern facility. Our large parking lot can accommodate any gathering size. On the west side of the building is a large drive under canopy for dropping off and picking up visitors.

An addition was added in the Fall of 2014 which included a new chapel and reception area. The new technology that is integrated into the addition includes multiple screens and a camera to allow for tributes to be played. Our primary chapel can accommodate 200 people, providing ample seating for even the largest chapel service. The reception area can seat 124 comfortably for a catered sit down event. The original chapel is now repurposed as a gathering area as well as continuing to be used for smaller services.

With the glow of the gas fireplace, the foyer has a natural warmth for relaxed visiting. Also available for visitations are three other areas within the funeral home with seating capacities from 15 to 125 people. With a total of five separate visitation areas any size gathering can be accommodated. Our Lakeside Room was designed for casual fellowship and with the available kitchenette the fellowship is enhanced. Funeral arrangements are made in a homelike setting just steps away from the selection room containing a wide variety of caskets, urns, and outer burial containers.

Careful and reverent care is given to each person whom we are called upon to serve. All preparations are done on-site in our state-of-the-art preparation room.


Our Valued Staff

Guy  Olson

Guy Olson, Owner and Funeral Director

is the fourth generation in funeral service, was licensed in 1979. Guy and his wife Pamela have three children. They belong to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church and are involved in numerous community organizations, including the Rotary Club. Guy is also a licensed insurance agent in the state of Minnesota and a licensed funeral director in North Dakota.


Elaine  Olson

Elaine Olson, Funeral Director

Licensed Funeral Director, has been instrumental in continuing the family tradition of funeral service. She became licensed in funeral service in 1957, working along side of her husband, Robert all their married lives. She too belongs to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and has been involved in many community functions and events over the years.

May 2017 marks the 60th Anniversary of the licensure of Elaine H. Olson as a Minnesota Funeral Director. Her dedication to our community and the families we serve is unparalleled. Her faithful service has graced our community with dignity and compassion these many years.


Pamela  Olson

Pamela Olson, Owner and Business Manager

owner and business manager, grew up in Ashby and became involved in the business shortly after her marriage to Guy. Pam is well trained in the office workings, and assists with many of the day-to-day tasks. Pam sits on the PioneerCare Foundation Board as a director and is involved at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.


Alan  Kremeier

Alan Kremeier, Funeral Director and Licensed Insurance Agent

a native of Fergus Falls, was licensed in 1987. Al came to Olson's in 1996 from the Mattson Funeral Home of Forrest Lake. He and his wife Lorraine have two daughters. Al's activities include home remodeling and raising his family. He belongs to the Faith Lutheran Church and the Kiwanis club and is on the City of Fergus Falls Planning Commission and Center for the Arts Board of Directors.


Nicki  Gale-Youngberg

Nicki Gale-Youngberg, Funeral Director

moved to Fergus Falls to join the Olson Funeral Home in 2000. She was originally licensed in funeral service in 1999 in Kansas. In 2007 she became a licensed funeral director in North Dakota. She and her husband Christopher have one son.
She enjoys spending time with her family and reading. She is a member of the Grace United Methodist Church.


Lowell  Brenna

Lowell Brenna, Funeral Director

a native of Pelican Rapids, has been a licensed funeral director in Minnesota since 1986 and in North Dakota since 2011. The Brenna family returned to Fergus Falls after spending most of twenty years working and raising their family in Staples. Lowell also is a graduate of Luther Seminary where he focused his studies on death, dying and end-of-life issues.


Robbie Olson

Robbie Olson, Funeral Director & Licensed Insurance Agent

attended Moorhead State and University of Minnesota, Crookston earning a degree in Natural Resources and obtained a commercial pilot’s license in May 2009. Robbie was employed for a period of time by the US Fish and Wildlife. He completed his degree in Mortuary Science in May 2014 at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. He is a licensed funeral director in both Minnesota and North Dakota and is a Certified Funeral Celebrant. Robbie currently is the president of the board for the Friends of the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, is involved with the Fergus Falls chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association and is a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. In his free time Robbie enjoys spending time outside with his dog, working in the yard, spending time at the lake and flying.